Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said those who want to belittle Bangladesh before the world through conspiracies, killing and arson would not be able to thwart the progress of the country.
"Bangladesh is marching forward under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina in socio-economic fields but the conspirators want to push back the country," he said.
Tofail said, now export of the country has reached $34 billion, foreign remittance $15 billion and reserve $31 billion that is the testimony and index of the progress of Bangladesh in context of global trade and commerce.
He was addressing as the chief guest while inaugurating the month-long 10th International Women's SME Expo Bangladesh-2016 at city's Polo Ground this evening.
Tofail Ahmed said the conspirator killed nearly 100 people, injured thousand people and destroyed huge vehicles in the name of protecting democracy in 2013 and 2014.
He called upon BNP to practice 'peaceful' politics in the country and said the next general elections would be held in a free and fair manner under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina in accordance with the constitution.
Tofail also sought cooperation from the members of the business community to support the present government in next general elections.
He said the government always feels the need for more assistance for the women entrepreneurs for the sake of balanced and steady economic growth of the womenfolk. Bangladesh will become a middle income country by 2021 if women who constitute half of the country's population become successful entrepreneurs, he added.
The commerce minister said the present government under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina wants industry-friendly environment and economy in the country through active cooperation of men and women.
State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said there is no scope to ignore the contribution of the women in national life.
"The women from grassroots to highest level are being advanced with competency and transparency which would make the country go ahead," the Land Minister said. City Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin said the present government government under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina has attached top priority to women empowerment.
Kamrun Malek, president of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CWCCI) presided over the function while acting president of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Safiul Islam Mohiuddin and former FBCCI senior vice president Monowara Hakim Ali, among others, spoke.
Sabiha Nahar, MP, Mahjabin Morshed, MP, president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industries Mahbubul Alam, editor of daily Azadi M A Malek and chairman of Chittagong Development Authority M A Salam, among others, attended it as special guests.
Besides the host country, business houses from Iran, Pakistan and India are taking part in the exposition. The fair will remain open from 10am to 10pm every day. A total of 305 stalls and 15 pavilions have been set up.
CWCCI organized the function in association with FBCCI, SME Foundation, Jute Diversification Promotion Centre and Bangladesh Bank.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)