Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said Bashudhara Group always stands firmly for the development of the country and its people by taking courageous business initiatives.
“We always take courageous initiatives and have been doing so over the years. Bashundhara Group always stands by the country for its development,” he said while addressing an agreement signing between ABG Limited and Chittagong Stock Exchange at the port city of Chattogram on Sunday.
“Bangabandhu could not fulfill his dream. But, now we have got the prudent leadership of his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who has been leading the country to development,” he added.
Lauding the country’s present business atmosphere, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said they were setting up gold refinery and dreaming to earn huge foreign currency from the sector.
“The gold industry has so potential that it may export 10 times more than the readymade garment industry. If the gold refinery project goes into operation, it will surpass the export earnings of readymade garment sector in near future,” he said.
The Bashundhara Group chairman stressed the need for the continuation of the government for the sake of country’s overall development.
He said the anti-liberation elements are spreading propaganda against the country from abroad.
The seasoned businessman termed the ongoing volatile dollar market an artificial crisis for the economy, which will be solved soon through strong measures of Bangladesh Bank.
“I think the dollar crisis is artificial. The banks involved in creating crisis artificially have got licences during BNP-Jamaat regime. I believe the crisis will go soon as Bangladesh Bank along with the government is tackling the situation with strong hands,” he said.
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury attended the programme as the chief guest while Prime Minister’s adviser Salman F Rahman was the guest of honour on the occasion.
The Bashundhara Group chairman mentioned that the local investment is the key to development of the country.
“There are at least 100 companies in Bangladesh which have enough potential to invest in various sectors. It is not impossible for Bangladesh to become Asian tiger if the country’s trade and commerce continue unhampered,” he said.
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan further said that the foreign companies which invested in the telecommunication sector are taking money away from the people of the country.
“It is a matter of regret that many have deposited money abroad. Their deposits do not bring any good to the country. On the other hand, the foreign companies which invested here take away profit. The foreign companies cannot make the country self-reliant. It is the local businesses which can do good to the country as they have the passion for the motherland,” he added.
Speaking highly of the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Bashundhara Group chairman said the premier has supported us with prudent policies.
The trend-setting entrepreneur also urged all well established businessmen to invest in the tourism sector in Kuakata and Cox’s Bazar which have enough potential.
He expressed concern that there is lack of facilities to exchange money in Cox’s Bazar, a world-class tourist spot.
“There have been many things to do in this sector. We must invest in the sector as it is possible to earn huge foreign currency,” he added.
About ABG’s investment in this sector, the Bashundhara Group chairman said he discussed with the ABG Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir to know about his plan.
“He (Anvir) informed me that he will bring everything necessary from Europe, America and India. The capital marker will see a revolutionary change through implementation of the project,” he said.