Describing expatriates as an integral part of the country, Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Muham-mad Imran has said remittances sent by them have been playing a key role in keeping Bangladesh’s for-eign reserves strong and accelerating the wheels of the economy.
Ambassador Imran called upon the expatriate Bangladeshis living in the United States to play a multidi-mensional role towards the development of “Smart Bangladesh”, envisaged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, by leveraging their experiences, skills and investment.
He simultaneously urged the Bangladeshi diaspora to work for further enhancing the image of the coun-try as well as projecting its rich history, culture and heritage abroad.
Ambassador Imran has extended heartfelt greetings to the Bangladeshi diaspora on the occasion of the National Expatriates’ Day, and praised their outstanding contributions to Bangladesh’s socioeconomic development.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Saturday observed the National Expatriates’ Day-2023.
To observe the first-ever National Expatriates’ Day, the Embassy organized a program at its Banga-bandhu Auditorium in the evening in the presence of a huge number of expatriate Bangladeshis residing in Washington DC and adjoining states.
The program began with reading out of messages of the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Min-ister and the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister.
Minister (Consular) Mohammad Habibur Rahman, Defense Attaché Brigadier General Md. Shahedul Islam, Minister (Political) Md. Rashedujjaman and First Secretary Wahiduzzaman Noor read out the messages.
Later a documentary highlighting the significance of the day and contributions of expatriates to Bangla-desh’s development journey was screened.
Afterward, a seminar was held where Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Muhammad Imran delivered the welcome and concluding remarks.
Minister (Economic) of the Embassy Dr Md. Fazle Rabbi and First Secretary (Passport and Visa Wing) Muhammad Abdul Hye Milton made two separate presentations at the seminar.
In his presentation, the Minister (Economic) focused on remittance inflow to the country, investment opportunities, various government facilities and incentives for the expatriate Bangladeshis like savings instruments, opening of foreign currency account, universal pension scheme.
The First Secretary (Visa & Passport Wing) in his presentation highlighted consular services of the Em-bassy including issuance of no visa requirement (NVR) and power of attorney, as well as receiving ap-plications for machine readable passports (MRP) and Dual Nationality Certificate.
The invited expatriate Bangladeshis from different professions took part in discussion and gave various suggestions to further improve the services of the Embassy.
Counsellor and Head of Chancery Shamima Yasmin Smrite conducted the program.