Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh has started its journey towards development asserting that none will be able to stop this pace.
“It’s my firm belief that none will be able halt this pace of uplift and it’s also the responsibility of all to keep up this development,” she said while inaugurating the newly-constructed Chancery Complex of Bangladesh Consulate at the Diplomatic Quarters here.
The prime minister reaffirmed her optimism that Bangladesh will be turned into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041.
“We have approved the Delta Plan-2100 keeping in mind that how Bangladesh of 2100 will be developed … we adopted this plan so that the pace of development continues,” she said, seeking cooperation of all in this regard.
About the next election, the prime minister said there is a rule that the process for election starts before the three months of the polls.
“We will stay in power if the people give vote to us, otherwise not. But we accomplished the work that was very much essential for development of the country,” she said.
About her meeting with the Saudi King, the prime minister said a good discussion was held between them.
She said the talks were held in a very warm and cordial environment and the King accepted her proposal to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time.
Highlighting her government’s steps for ensuring welfare of the expatriate Bangladeshis, the prime minister said the government will build hajj offices in Makkah and Madinah if land is available there.
She also expressed gratitude to the expatriate Bangladeshis for their role in the country’s socioeconomic uplift. “We are taking steps giving attention to their happiness and sorrow,” she said.
She also elaborated her government’s successes in various fields and said the all the villages will be developed like the cities.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Bangladesh Ambassador to KSA Golam Mosih also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the premier opened the chancery complex by unveiling its plaque at a ceremony in the Saudi capital this afternoon.
The prime minister during her visit to Saudi Arabia in 2016 laid the foundation stone of the complex on June 4 and work on the chancery complex began on August 25 in that year.
The size of the complex which was constructed at a cost of about Tk 51.47 crore is 3818.64 square meter. Besides, there is 510 square meter shed having air conditioned facilities for the service-seekers.
Necessary facilities of the chancery complex have been raised by revising its design which will help provide better consular and other services to the Bangladeshi nationals.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Private Sector Development Affairs Adviser Salman F Rahman, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Bangladesh Ambassador to KSA Golam Moshi were present, among others.