Published:  02:54 AM, 12 July 2019

'Come, see and invest in Bangladesh'

'Come, see and invest in Bangladesh'

Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Professor Dr. Atiur Rahman urged Malaysian investors to invest in Bangladesh."Come, see and invest in Bangladesh" says Dr. Atiur at hotel Royale Chulan in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday while chairing a session on 'Globalization and emerging economy' of a Bangladesh Showcase Conference organized by Bangladesh-Malayasia Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said a press release. 

He further said that Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing economies of Asia with considerable infrastructure deficit. However, its demographic density and sensitivity to quality education, skills development and entrepreneurship are positive factors for attracting foreign investment. Its regulatory regime for easy reparation of profits of the foreign entrepreneurs and salaries earned by foreign employees are added advantage.

Also there are a number of fiscal incentives including five to seven years of tax holidays for the foreign investors. The ongoing Special Economic Zones will prove to be a game changer for FDI inflows into Bangladesh. No doubt, the FDI flow to Bangladesh has already started picking up and been fastest in South Asia in the last year. The brand and tech savvy growing middle class can be additional attraction for foreign investors.

The existing political stability and focused policy attention of the top leadership is further facilitating the inflow of FDI in Bangladesh.

In this perspective Dr. Rahman welcomed Malaysian investors to come to Bangladesh which is an age-old friend of Bangladesh with similar heritage and culture.

He also called upon both the governments to sign FTA without any delay. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi was the Chief Guest while State Minister on Migration Welfare Imran Ahmad and Dr. YB Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment of Malayasia graced the inaugural session as special and honorary guests.

President of BMCCI Syed Moazzem Hossain, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malayasia Shahidul Islam and Acting Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Amir Farid Abu Hasan also spoke on the occasion. All the Ministers were optimistic about the growing Bangladesh-Malaysian trade and investment cooperation.

The first plenary session chaired by Dr. Rahman was also participated by Dr. Ahsan Habib Mansur, Executive Director of PRI, Salahuddin Kashem Khan of AK Khan Group, Abrar Anwar, CEO of Stanchart Bank, Malayasia and Mahtab Ahmed, CEO of Robi in Bangladesh.

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