Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran highlighted his country’s economic progress and how the country is developing rapidly. Speaking during his country’s Independence Day celebration at the High Commission, he said: “Bangladesh has become a model for fighting poverty, empowering women and managing disasters. We have made commendable progress in achieving food security despite frequent natural disasters … Bangladesh’s economy is growing rapidly. “
Bangladesh’s economic size is $ 330 billion, with GDP growth during the COVID period of 5.2%. 99% of the country has access to electricity, 150 million people have a cell phone and 100 million are connected to the Internet. It has had its own satellite in space since 2018, and the 2nd will soon be launched.
Bangladesh’s textile industry is the second largest in the world, the fourth largest producer of rice and is self-sufficient in food. The production of food grains has more than quadrupled between 1971 and 2020. This year, it fulfilled all the criteria to obtain the status of developing country, from the status of LDC.
He paid tribute to Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of his country in 1971. This year the country celebrates its 50th anniversary as then West Pakistan. March was marked by a celebration of almost a month, including visits from South Asian leaders – the President of the Maldives, the President of Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India.
Imran said: “We recall with deep gratitude the contribution of the people and government of India for their moral and material support during our difficult days.” Adding: “Bangladesh recognizes the support received from our neighbors and remembers our friends around the world who have stood by our side for our just cause”
Bangladesh will build a memorial for Indian soldiers in Ashuganj, near Dhaka, the cornerstone of which was laid during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in March.
He pointed out that “ the emotional ties between India and Bangladesh stem from the invaluable contribution of the people and government of India to the 1971 war of liberation. Over the past decade, relations have reached a peak. golden chapter, resulting in a comprehensive partnership covering all possible areas of cooperation “
The two countries have seen high-level visits, including the visit of PM Modi and EAM Jaishankar to Bangladesh in March. It was PM Modi’s first visit during times of lust abroad. Dhaka and Delhi are working to revive old connectivity routes and establish new connectivity routes.
“India will be able to use both Bangladesh’s land and waterways to reach the northeastern states of the continent,” Imran said.
Earlier this year, a bridge over the Feni River was inaugurated, connecting northeast India to Bangladesh. The countries share 54 shores, maximum for 2 countries in the world.
He also spoke about the issue of the Rohingya or the displaced minority community from Myanmar who took refugees into the country. Bangladesh is hosting 1.2 million Rohingya refugees and wants a “safe and swift” repatriation of the community.
He said: “To continue to support them for an indefinite period would be asking too much of a country like us which has its own national development goals to achieve with limited resources … we all want to avoid the rise of any radicalism, which can have serious implications for peace, stability and economic growth in the region and beyond “.
During the Independence Day celebration at the High Commission, India’s Minister of Commerce Piyush Goyal was the main guest and a strong presence from Delhi’s diplomatic community was also noted.