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Promote small entrepreneurs, especially youthfolk: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the Bangladesh Export Zone Authority (BEZA) to take more steps promote small entrepreneurs, especially the youthfolk, particularly the young generation, alongside attracting foreign investment.

“It (BEZA) will have to work in a way so that foreign investment comes on one hand and local people can invest on the other, or we can promote small investors. That means we need to attract and promote our young generation,” she said while addressing the 7th meeting of the BEZA Governing Board.

The Prime Minister said the young generation should not only run after jobs as they can do something (take ventures). “We’ll have to work keeping eyes on these,” she added.

She joined the virtual meeting from her official residence Ganobhaban through a videoconference, while other participants were connected from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Division office.

Sheikh Hasina said the government is setting up special economic zones across the country to attract investment, create jobs and protect arable and forest lands.

“There’s no doubt our economy is an agriculture-dependent one but we need industrialisation at the same time. Because, no country can make progress without industrialisation,” she said.

The Prime Minister said the government has been on all-out efforts to gear up industrialisation with a view to creating jobs, enhancing production, raising the purchasing power of people, fulfilling local demands and boosting exports.

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