Speaker of British House of Lords wishes success for Vision-2021
21 February Nirapad News: Visiting Speaker of British House of Lords Baroness D’Souza has hoped that democracy and peace would continue in Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She also said Vision-2021 will be achieved successfully if current pace of development continues in Bangladesh. Baroness D’Souza came up with the remarks when she paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at her official Ganobhaban residence Saturday.
After the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri briefing to the press said, they discussed various issues regarding how democracy could be made more effective. Speaker of the UK House of Lords congratulated the Prime Minister for Bangladesh’s election for the two top positions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association-CPA and Inter Parliamentary Union-IPU.
In this regard, she hoped that Bangladesh would play great role in strengthening parliamentary system of democracy across the world. About the women empowerment in Bangladesh, Baroness D’Souza said, the country has become a unique one in the world where Leader of the House, Speaker, Deputy Leader and Leader of Opposition are all female.
In this connection, she termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as an ‘icon’ of women empowerment and effective implementer of development programmes for the wellbeing of women.
Highly appreciating Bangladesh’s progress on ICT sector, the Speaker of the House Lords said, setting up of digital centres and achievement in digitization is amazing. D’Souza also lauded Sheikh Hasina for her great success in achieving socio-economic development maintaining high rate of GDP in last couple of years.
She also expressed her happiness over her visit to Bangladesh at the time of 21st February which is a unique and unifying day to bring the people across the world together.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister described various success of her government in various sectors. Sheikh Hasina said the current investment policy in Bangladesh is attractive and hoped that more foreign investment would come in future as the government is going to set up 20 more EPZs.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gouhar Rizvi, Principal Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Gibbson were present.