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Bangladesh mission in Brunei celebrates opening of Padma Bridge

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 25th June, 2022 07:30:14 PM
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The Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam celebrated the inauguration ceremony Padma Multipurpose Bridge through organising a programme to show the live telecast of the main celebration event in Bangladesh.

Participated mainly by the Bangladesh community members in Brunei, the programme at the High Commission started with the recital from the Holy Quran, and proceeded with the reading out of the messages from the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh on this special occasion.

A theme song on the Padma Bridge, performed exultantly by the leading artists in Bangladesh, was played to enthral and inspire the attendees. And then the live telecast of the actual programme in Bangladesh started, which was shown in the big TV screen, to the immense gratification of the Bangladesh expatriates.

Their heart swelled with pride when the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Bridge by unveiling a plaque.

All cheered up and became jubilant to hear from the prime minister that the bridge would be open for vehicular movement from the following day June 26. They wholeheartedly thanked the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for demonstrating unmatched political mettle and patriotism in constructing the bridge with domestic fund.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her speech paid glowing tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and informed that the country’s southern and southwestern parts comprising 21 districts, and home to about 80 million populations who mostly live on agriculture and fishing, have never received adequate spotlight.

The Padma Bridge changed their fate economically. The economic activities in that zone will assuredly be expanded to a great extent. All their worries and woes that have long been haunting them, have finally been put to rest through the inauguration of the Padma Bridge. 

From now on, smooth supply of agricultural products from the country’s 21 districts will help develop the market economy.

The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proudly informed that around 2.3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the area will be increased, and about 1.23 per cent GDP would be added with the country’s existing GDP.

A study from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) revealed that Padma Bridge boosts 3.5 per cent regional GDP (within 21 districts) where approximately 1.2 per cent is set to add with the country’s GDP.

On the top of it, the world’s lone mangrove forest, the Sundarbans is likely to experience the arrival of thousands of holidaymakers, thanks to the construction of the Padma Bridge that has eased the communication problem of waiting for hours for the ferry to arrive, and other concomitant hazards. She also pinned hopes on the Padma Bridge which, she confidently expressed, would go a long way in Bangladesh's journey and pursuit of becoming a developing nation in 2026, and a developed one in 2041.

While a cake cutting ceremony marked the end of the program, the Bangladesh citizens unequivocally asserted that a new chapter of development and prosperity has just begun in Bangladesh which is an emerging economic power house and a force to be reckoned with.