Congratulations to Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of her auspicious birth anniversary. She has taken Bangladesh from success to success in a decade of continuous leadership. The country overcame dire power shortage, solved several outstanding issues with our closest neighbour and ensured continuity of policies under her able leadership. Leadership makes all the difference in the progress and prosperity of a country.
One might liken a country with a family. Just as the head of a family is the guiding light for all the family members, taking them towards success and prosperity, as well as maintaining peace and harmony among them, the top leadership of a country also guides the people towards progress and prosperity, as well as peace and harmony among them. This may seem like an oversimplified description of leadership of a country, but it is not too far-fetched in reality.Bangladesh has maintained the highest growth in Asia even during the coronavirus pandemic, as the wheels of the economy was kept moving. Timely initiatives by the government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, led to a strong GDP growth of 5.24 per cent in FY 2019-20 despite the pandemic. Even the economic giants of the world faced huge setbacks due to the global pandemic. Bangladesh averted major economic crises by dint of massive stimulus packages worth over Tk 1126.63 billion, to offset the Covid-19 shocks on various sectors and help the citizens cope with the economic crisis caused by the global pandemic.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina boldly announced 21 stimulus packages, totalling around 4.3 per cent of the GDP. It helped the economy to tide over the general holiday period of shutdown, to curb the spread of Covid-19. The situation called for strong steps and dynamic leadership. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proved to be farsighted, bold and sagacious in her decisions.
We, the people of Bangladesh are proud of Sheikh Hasina for her boundless contribution to nation building. And as long as she is at the helms of affairs, Bangladesh will continue going ahead with big strides.