National Expatriates’ Day observed at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington

The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Saturday (30 December) observed the National Expatriates’ Day-2023, urging the Bangladeshi diaspora living in the USA to play a pioneering role in building developed and prosperous “Smart Bangladesh” by leveraging their experiences, skills, and investment.

To observe the first-ever National Expatriates’ Day, the Embassy organized a program at its Bangabandhu 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 Hon’ble President, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, 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 Bangladesh’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 powerpoint presentations at the seminar.

In his powerpoint presentation, the Minister (Economic) focused on remittance inflow to the country, investment opportunities, various government facilities, and incentives for expatriate Bangladeshis like savings instruments, opening of foreign currency account, universal pension scheme.

The First Secretary (Visa & Passport Wing) in his power point presentation highlighted the consular services of the Embassy including the issuance of no visa requirement (NVR) and power of attorney, as well as receiving applications for machine-readable passport (MRP) and Dual Nationality Certificate.

In his remarks, Ambassador Muhammad Imran 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.

Describing expatriates as an integral part of the country, he said remittances sent by them have been playing a key role in keeping Bangladesh’s foreign reserves strong and accelerating the wheels of the economy.

Ambassador Imran called upon the expatriate Bangladeshis living in the United States to play a multidimensional role in building a developed and prosperous “Smart Bangladesh”, envisaged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, by leveraging their experiences, skills, and investment.

He simultaneously urged the Bangladeshi diaspora to work to further enhancing the image of the country as well as projecting its rich history, culture, and heritage abroad.

The invited expatriate Bangladeshis from different professions took part in the discussion and gave various suggestions to further improve the services of the Embassy.  Counsellor and Head of Chancery Shamima Yasmin Smrite conducted the program.



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