President seeks Swiss investment in Bangladesh

President Abdul Hamid on Monday urged Swiss entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh’s economic zones availing of the country’s investment-friendly atmosphere.

“The government has a plan to establish about 100 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) across the country to ensure an inclusive economic growth. Switzerland can invest in these economic zones,” he said.

The President was talking to outgoing Swiss Ambassador in Dhaka Christian Martin Fotsch met him at Bangabhaban on Monday afternoon, reports UNB.

President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.

During the meeting, the envoy expressed gratitude to the President for extending cooperation to him in discharging his duties here.

President Hamid said the existing bilateral and trade relations between the two friendly countries are excellent, mentioning that Switzerland was among one of the first few Western European countries, which recognised Bangladesh’s Independence on March 14, 1972.

Greeting the Swiss government and its people, Hamid recalled their assistance in Bangladesh’s socioeconomic development for 45 years of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

He said the trade volume between Bangladesh and Switzerland can be increased further by importing jute, jute products, ceramics, readymade garments, leather products like footwear and frozen foods apart from pharmaceuticals.

The President hoped the Swiss Ambassador will continue to act as Bangladesh’s goodwill ambassador.

The outgoing Swiss envoy lauded the present socioeconomic development of Bangladesh and expressed his satisfaction over spending time here.

The secretaries concerned to the President were present.

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