Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon Norway to come forward with large-scale investments in Bangladesh’s special economic zones.
“Bangladesh is located in an important geographical location. It will be possible to have access to the market of the South Asia and South East Asia if investments are made in Bangladesh,” she said when Ambassador of Norway Espen Rikter-Svendsen paid a courtesy call to her at Ganabhaban on Sunday.
Prime Minister urged Norway to make investments in the country’s special economic zones, particularly in the ICT and environment friendly jute sectors, saying that a conducive environment for making business is now prevailing in Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude to Norway as it had extended supports to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the War of Liberation in 1971 and in rebuilding the country after the war.
As the Norwegian envoy said his country is assisting Bangladesh’s ship recycling industry, the premier said her government has been extending all out supports to this sector. She informed the envoy that Bangladesh started nationwide vaccination campaign against the Covid-19.
Espen Rikter-Svendsen said his country is one of those who first recognised Bangladesh as an independent state immediately after the Liberation War. Mentioning that Norway has been assisting Bangladesh since its emergence as an independent nation, he said that his country is one of the largest development partners of Bangladesh.
Later, High Commissioner of Malaysia Haznah Md. Hashim paid a courtesy call on the premier at her official residence.