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Business leaders call for peaceful political programme

28 January,2015

RTNN News Desk: Business leaders and exporters on Wednesday
joined their hands, protested the ongoing mindless violence in the
country and sought an end to the anarchy to keep the wheel of the
economy moving.

Over 50 organisations under the leadership of Bangladesh Garment
Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear
Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Bangladesh Textile
Mills Association (BTMA) and other trade bodies related to the export
industry formed a human chain in front of BGMEA Complex here to
register their protests.

They said they do not want such politics which is dominated by
violence as they look for peaceful political programmes free from
violence, and decided that BGME leaders will meet Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina and BNP chief Khaleda Zia seeking an to the current
political standoff.

Denouncing the violence across the
country, they said the business community does not want Bangladesh to
be engulfed with such inhuman activities.

BGMEA president M Atiqul Islam, president of the Exporters
Association of Bangladesh (EAB) and former BGMEA president Abdus
Salam Murshedy, BGMEA acting president Aslam Sunny, BARVIDA president
M Habibullah Dawn, former caretaker government adviser Tapan
Chowdhury, BGMEA first vice president Nasir A Chowdhury, among
others, spoke on the occasion.

Speaking at the rally, Atiqul Islam said, "Do your politics
protecting the industry. Resolve the political impasse…ensure a
healthy, sound business environment. "

Revealing facts that RMG export orders have marked a fall by 30
percent due to the current political instability, the BGMEA chief
urged the politicians to relieve the businesspeople of the ongoing
destructive and violent politics as the political instability is
taking its heavy toll on the export sector and the overall economy.

A munajat was offered praying for those who died in the recent
violence.

The country suffered a colossal economic loss of Tk 36445.76 crore in
the first 16 days’ countrywide hartal and blockade programmes this
month, according to Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

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