The ambassador said Saudi Arabia has issued more than 1.4 million working visas during the last five years.
"On 1 November 2021, we issued almost 8,500 work visas in a single day and now we issue 4000 visa every working day," he added.
Essa Yussef Essa Al Dulaihan said Saudi investors are willing to invest extensively in Bangladesh to boost up the country’s economy.
“Saudi ACWA Power has already announced to invest $600 million to build a 700MW power plant and proposed a total $3.5 billion in Bangladesh. The Saudi Red Sea gateway terminal wants to invest 1.2 billion USD in Bangladesh'', the envoy added.
Essa Yussef Essa said Saudi investors are willing to invest in areas such as oil refineries, petrochemical complexes, LNG terminals, power plants, the food and medical industry, road and railway construction, port and harbor construction, civil and military aircraft maintenance and spare parts manufacturing, fertilizers, and solar energy in Bangladesh.
A Saudi Arabian enterprise has confirmed a $1.8 billion investment in Bangladesh. Apart from this, Saudi Arabia is studying to establish a special economic zone and considering scopes to invest in the construction of rail links connecting Dhaka and the Payra port, including the development of Cox's Bazar as an international tourist destination, he added.
Lauding the prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership, the envoy said Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh’s excellent diplomatic relationship has reached a new height during the last decades.
It has become more fraternal, strong, and continuously evolving. This is due to the joint effort and policies adopted by the king Salman bin Abdul Aziz and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the Saudi ambassador to Bangladesh claimed.
Talking about the education, Essa Yussef Essa said several universities throughout the kingdom have boosted the number of scholarships available to Bangladeshi students and employed faculty members.