Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said the government wants to honour expatriate Bangladeshis in every possible way and ease their sufferings at home and abroad.
“They have kept our economy vibrant by sending remittances. We want to engage them more in our economic development,” the minister told reporters after attending a programme in Dhaka.
“Expatriates have always been supportive to Bangladesh’s economic development and even played a very significant role during the War of Liberation in 1971.”
Momen also mentioned that the government has taken a decision to observe December 30 as National Expatriates Day. The Cabinet on Monday approved the proposal.
When asked about the government’s decision to impose new restrictions along the border and airports to contain Covid-19, Momen said they are yet to discuss the matter.
Responding to a question on rape cases, the foreign minister said they want not a single rape case in the country but it cannot be done without social movement.
Earlier, the foreign minister spoke as the chief guest at a national-level sharing meeting on civil-society-led alternative CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) reporting hosted by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and UN Women.