Yunus image should be used for country’s positive branding: FICCI

FICCI president Syed Ershad Ahmed speaks at the 50th anniversary programme of the chamber at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Sunday

The Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bangladesh on Sunday said the global image of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus should be used for positive branding of the country.
‘Dr Yunus is an international figure; so we should use his image for the country’s positive branding all over the world. He got the international acceptance and that could bring better result if we use that positively,’ said FICCI president Syed Ershad Ahmed while speaking at the 50th anniversary of the chamber at Sonargaon Hotel.
Replying to a question he said the political unrest in recent times had damaged the country’s image to the international investors.
‘In some cases, the foreign investors held back their investment decisions following the political unrest which affected the investment scenario,’ he said.
‘Political activities are not the problem but act of violence in the name of politics is not at all acceptable,’ he said.
If the political situation does not get violent in the coming days, the foreign investors will return to the country as it has growth potential, Ershad said.
‘We hope that things will remain investment friendly in the coming days so that we can overcome the backlog which was created in the last six months,’ he said.
He said the withdrawal of Generalised System of Preferences by the United States was unfortunate.
‘We visited senior US officials last week about relaxing the tax and increasing other facility but there was no specific discussion about the GSP,’ he said.
The FICCI always works for the betterment of the country through the member companies, Ershad said.
‘We hope the government will incorporate the FICCI in its policymaking in greater extend so that we can contribute to that end in a better way,’ he said.
FICCI vice-president Jim Mccabe and executive director MA Matin were also present on the occasion, among others.

Source: New Age