Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said she expects the World Bank to play a stronger role in Bangladesh’s development endeavors as its leading development partner.
‘The World Bank is our one of the leading development partners. I hope, it’ll play a more proactive role in our endeavors,’ she said in a function.
The government and the World Bank jointly arranged the programme at Osmani memorial auditorium, marking the international day for the eradication of poverty.
The prime minister said the partnership with the world community will further be strengthened towards Bangladesh’s development endeavors.
‘All our development plans, are aimed at realising Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of building a hunger, poverty, illiteracy and exploitation-free Sonar Bangladesh,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh are very brave, committed
and hard-working ones. The resilient people of this country are determined to change their future and build a better Bangladesh for the next generation, she added.
The prime minister mentioned that the country has already been placed
at the medium category of human development index and upgraded to a
lower middle-income country according its per capita income level.
‘We’re pursuing an inclusive growth strategy to graduate from the LDC status shortly and become a developed nation by 2041 with a land of peace, prosperity and harmony,’ she told her audience.
About the spread of terrorism across the world, she said, ‘Our government has adopted a 'zero tolerance' policy towards any kind of violent activities. We’ve been able to contain militancy in the country. We’ll further strengthen our drive to eliminate the scourge of militancy from the society.’
She urged all to come forward to make the world a beautiful place which will be free from poverty and hunger. ‘Let’s work closely to make this world free from poverty and hunger.’
World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, World Bank vice-president for South Asia region Annette Dixon and finance minister AMA Muhith also spoke on the occasion.
World Bank chief economist Paul Romer was the keynote speaker.
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