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World Bank envoy applauds Bangladesh for development

Dhaka, Nov 14: World Bank’s South Asian Region vice-president Martin Raiser on Monday said Bangladesh had surprised the whole world through its tremendous development, describing the country as ‘a success case of development’.

‘Bangladesh is a success case of development and attained a very impressive achievement. Bangladesh is becoming one of the countries that surprises the world through its development,’ he said.

He made the remarks while paying a courtesy call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the prime minister’s office in Dhaka in the morning.

During the talks, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh wanted to maintain an open and transparent relation with the World Bank.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.

Referring to the Russia-Ukraine war, Sheikh Hasina requested the World Bank to take measures for stopping it as the entire world has been facing the global crisis stemming from the war.

About the climate change issue, she said her government is working on adaptation and mitigation of the climate change with own resources.

The prime minister also put emphasis on strengthening connectivity to further accelerate development.

She said her government is developing the country with small, mid and long term plan, adding that they are implementing Delta Plan 2100 to ensure a better and beautiful life for generations.

The WB official said they would continue support to Bangladesh in its development efforts.

The prime minister also said that her government had successfully implemented the MDGs and is now working to execute the SDGs.

Martin Raiser has given a proposal to jointly celebrate 50 years of relations between Bangladesh and the WB.

He also handed over a photograph of former WB president Robert Strange McNamara captured with the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Ganabhaban on January 31 in 1972 to the prime minister.

PM’s ambassador-at-large Mohammad Ziauddin, PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus and WB country director to Bangladesh Abdoulae Seck were present, among others.

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