If Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had survived, Bangladesh could have reached its current economic position by the mid-80s and been a developed country by now, said FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim.
At a programme organised marking the 45th death anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day, he also said the country's economic growth was 9.2 percent in 1975 under the able leadership of the Bangabandhu.
"Bangabandhu sowed the seeds of development of all kinds in the interest of the masses," Fazle Fahim said.
Bangladesh is now moving forward under the leadership of the people's Champion Sheikh Hasina following the Bangabandhu's path. Today, the people of the country are reaping the benefits, he added.
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) organised the programme, alongside several others, on Saturday to observe the dark day of the nation's history with due dignity and solemnity.
FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim took initiatives to organise the programmes.
The national flag was hoisted at half-mast in front of the FBCCI Icon Building at 60 Motijheel. Food was also distributed among orphans and the underprivileged.
Additionally, prayers were offered for the martyred souls of all the members of the Bangabandhu family, including the father of the nation.
As part of the programme, a discussion meeting and prayers will also be held on the occasion of National Mourning Day on August 29, 2020 at the FBCCI Icon Building.