As a close friend of Bangladesh, the United Kingdom (UK) wants to see a confident Bangladesh with strong, transparent and accountable democratic institutions, said a visiting British Minister on Sunday.
"We want to see a lively debate, a vibrant civil society, and competitive elections," said British Minister of State Mark Field while addressing a programme at a city hotel.
"That would be a wonderful vision for Bangladesh in its second half century, and it would also be the best way for it to realise its undoubted potential," said the British Minister of State adding that the UK stands ready to help Bangladesh achieve that potential, in whatever way they can.
Minister Field said the bonds of history and kinship between the two countries make the relationship particularly strong and deep.
"As a longstanding friend, the UK welcomes the great strides that Bangladesh has made over the last half century, and recognises the great potential it has to achieve still more in the next," he said.
Prime Minister's Advisers Dr Mashiur Rahman and HT Imam spoke at the function as special guests.
Policy Research Institute organised the event.