Foreign investment on the rise: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that foreign investment is increasing because of a period of relative stability in law and order in the country.
“Law and order remains normal—thanks to steps taken by the government. The public gets justice now. The country is marching forward and its economy on a sound footing,” she said in reply to a query from lawmaker MA Awal.
The question-answer session stipulated for the premier was tabled in the House, with Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in the chair.
Hasina said her government has directed law-enforcement agencies to bring to book the rowdies creating mayhem and involved in acts of militancy.
Security forces have also been directed to take fitting measures against those who had issued directives to carry out untoward acts like violent extremism, she told the House.
Citing her government’s steps to firmly establish the rule of law, the PM said the Awami League-led government is committed to serving the nation through ensuring safety of public lives and property and curbing acts of militancy.
Intelligence agencies have been asked to oversee the activities of those who have been involved in militancy and other forms of violence, she added.
Responding to a query from Mahfuzur Rahman, Hasina said preparations would be taken for hassle-free homeward journey of the people during Eid.
“To this end, an inter-ministerial meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday). A decision will be made taking into consideration 32 proposals.”
No passenger would be overcharged, the premier asserted.
Speaking on M Abdul Latif’s question, she said Bangladesh will graduate to a middle-income country by 2021. “Measures have been taken to make the country free from hunger and poverty and turn it into a middle-income one by 2021.”
During her passing reference to her recent Bulgaria tour, the PM said women are empowered whenever the Awami League-led government assumes office.
“If we can engage the country’s half of the population, we’ll be able to turn it into a middle-income one by 2021 and a developed one by 2041,” she said on an optimistic note.