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Prime Minister's emphasis on greater global support to deal with the crisis

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  • 24 January, 2023 15:41:55

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News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the World Bank and other international organizations to help developing countries like Bangladesh to overcome the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.

World Bank Managing Director Axel van Trotsenberg paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at his office (PMO) this morning (Monday). During the meeting, the Prime Minister emphasized on global assistance to deal with the current crisis. 

At the end of the courtesy meeting, the Prime Minister's speech was written by the author. Nazrul Islam briefed the journalists on this matter. The World Bank MD described the development of Bangladesh as 'unbelievable' and assured to stand by Dhaka in this trend of development. He said, 'We have been with Bangladesh since 1972 and will continue our support in the country's development efforts.'

The MD of the World Bank praised the comprehensive development of Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina told him that the per capita income of the people of Bangladesh was only 50 US dollars, now it has increased to 2824 US dollars. 

He said, 'Developed countries are mainly responsible for the harmful effects of climate change. But developed countries are not keeping their promises properly.'

The Prime Minister outlined what his government is doing to overcome the challenges arising from the effects of climate change.

He said his government has set up self-financed Climate Trust Fund besides implementing 'Delta Plan-2100' for massive afforestation, construction of green belts, sustainable housing for vulnerable people and better life for the next generation.

The head of government said that due to the maintenance of political stability, his government has been able to develop Bangladesh rapidly in the past 14 years and is continuing its tireless efforts to provide a beautiful and prosperous life to the countrymen as per the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Sheikh Hasina said that before the Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh continued to achieve a continuous growth of more than 8 percent in GDP. Developing countries are struggling as fuel, food and transportation costs skyrocket due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.

He said GDP growth has slowed down since the pandemic came out and this has hindered the development of Bangladesh which is now recovering.

World Bank MD Trotsenberg said, developing countries like Bangladesh will face some challenges due to the impact of climate change due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia-Ukraine war.

He said that in order to achieve sustainable development goals, developing countries should create employment for the new generation.

World Bank MD arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a three-day visit. He came to Bangladesh for the first time.


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