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Dialogue suggests one-stop services, policy to lure expats to invest home

by Pervez Siddiqui

The government should protect interest of expatriate Bangladeshis by taking steps to provide one-stop services to them and create an investment-friendly environment in the country.
Speakers expressed the views at a dialogue on ‘Diaspora, Migration and Development: Current Critical Issues’, held at the conference room of the Expatriates’ Welfare Ministry in Dhaka on Sunday.

They also pressed for necessary policy and facilities encouraging expatriates to increase investments back at home.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (EWOE) Minister Nurul Islam was the chief guest at the dialogue. It was jointly organised by Bangladesh Support Group (BASUG) and its associate organisation Films4Peace Foundation. Additional secretary of the ministry Azharul Huq moderated the programme.
In his speech Nurul Islam said their main aim is to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration. He said the government is working to protect the interests of remitters.
Migration is a global issue. Both the host and source countries can benefit from safe migration, he added.

Bikash Chowdhury Barua, Chairman of BASUG, the Netherlands, made a keynote presentation while Moazzem Hossain, Professor of the Griffith University in Australia and adviser of BASUG International, delivered his speech on ‘Engagement of Diaspora for Development’.
Pervez Siddiqui, Chairman of the Films4Peace Foundation, Ahmed Ziauddin, President, BASUG in Germany, and migration rights campaigners from different organizations, among others, were present at the dialogue.

About the Author

Pervez Siddiqui

Pervez Siddiqui, is a peace activist film maker and former Peace Research fellow of University of Oslo, Norway. Mr. Siddiqui studied in Film at University of South Wales in the United Kingdom and also graduated from Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has 10 years professional experience on advocacy, communication, campaign, media relations, networking and film making activities and advising on and driving the implementation of communications and media strategies tailored to specific audiences. I worked on advocacy project management, project planning, networking, media relation, television, strategic planning, social media, video editing, community development, participatory video, human rights films etc. He is also the founding member of the advocacy film-making organisation in Bangladesh called WITNESS Bangladesh ( and became president for Films4Peace Foundation.