Newly appointed Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Gerben Sjoerd De Jong came up with the offer when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Sunday.
After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters.
Welcoming Dutch investment in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina sought more investment in river dredging, land reclamation, construction of flood control structures and green belt in coastal areas.
The Prime Minister also invited the Netherlands to invest in the country’s renewable energy, conventional power generation, ICT, tourism and hospitality, agro-based industry, pharmaceutical, light and heavy engineering.
She termed the Netherlands as one of the consistent development partners which has been helping Bangladesh in water resources development, agriculture, food security and climate change.
Hasina urged the Dutch government to increase the import of RMG, shrimps, leather and jute manufacturers, ceramics, bicycles, terry towels, bamboo poles and tea to reduce trade gap between the two countries.
About elections, the Prime Minister said the present government has strengthened the Election Commission.
In this regard, she mentioned that so far some 5,540 elections at different tiers were held in the last four years in a free, fair and neutral manner, and no allegation was raised against any of these elections.
Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Shaikh Md Wahid-uz-Zaman, PMO secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman and Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were present.