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PM invites UK businesses

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry, at his home in London on Friday. – PID picture.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged British businessmen to seize the investment opportunities prevailing in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina made the call when Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, also President of the Confederation of British Industry, paid her a courtesy call at the latter’s home on the second day of her official visit to the UK.

Lord Bilimoria briefed the Prime Minister on his work for the UK curry industry, according to the Prime Minister’s press wing.

The Prime Minister noted her government’s efforts to promote research on vaccine development and Bangladesh’s willingness to partner with international institutes or companies interested in the issue.

Lord Bilimoria praised the Prime Minister for his leadership in upholding Bangladesh’s founding principles and sustained economic development.

He is the first South Asian of Parsi descent to sit in the UK House of Lords.

Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to the contributions of Lord Bilimoria’s late father, General Faridoon Bilimoria of the Indian Army during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

She recalled the sacrifices made by many members of the Indian Armed Forces for the cause of independence for Bangladesh. She also mentioned her efforts to honor the memory of Indian martyrs by introducing a scholarship for their descendants during her visit to India earlier this month.

Lord Bilimoria has expressed interest in forging a higher education partnership with Bangladesh in his capacity as Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.

He also invited the Prime Minister to the university to speak on a subject of his choice.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh informed the Lord about the growing start-up scene in Bangladesh and the work being done under the auspices of “Digital Bangladesh”.

Lord Bilimoria shared interest in exploring possibilities for possible future partnerships.

They both mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and paid tribute to the late Queen’s extraordinary life of service and dedication.

Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen, Principal Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office Mohammed Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem were present at the meeting.