FAO praises PM’s leadership for attaining food security

Diplomatic Correspondent

31 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) Qu Dongyu has highly lauded the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attain food security for 165 million people of Bangladesh despite being one of the top ten most populous countries in the world.

“We can learn a lot from Bangladesh because their solutions are very economic, easy to adapt,” the FAO DG said.

Qu Dongyu shared his deep appreciation during the ceremony, which marked presentation of Letter of Credence, by Md Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy, accrediting him as the Permanent Representative to FAO, on May 28, according to a message received from  Bangladesh Embassy in Rome, Italy on Sunday.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative Ahsan thanked DG Dongyu for receiving the credentials and also for sharing his candid analysis on recent attainments of Bangladesh. He assured fullest support to the leadership of the DG to make the organization more efficient, transparent and inclusive.

Recognising FAO’s valuable contribution in Bangladesh on food and nutrition security, food safety, agro environment, small holders farm productivity and income increase over the 40 years through various programmes/projects and even during the challenging period of COVID-19, Ambassador Ahsan appreciated FAO for their active support to develop the agriculture sector transformation plan in Bangladesh.

While thanking the Director-General to nominate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Co-chair of the “One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)”, Ahsan underlined the unique position of Bangladesh to play a leading role regionally in raising awareness and action to address AMR.

Mentioning about the 36th Asia Pacific FAO Regional Conference (APRC) scheduled from March 8-11 in 2022 in Bangladesh, Ahsan invited the Director-General which he accepted.