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Danish envoy lauds Bangladesh’s role in SDGs

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Denmark Ambassador in Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen lauded the initiatives taken by the Bangladesh government to ensure food security and achieve the sustainable development goals (SDG).

“Zero Hunger” is one of 17 targets set in United Nation’s SDGs. It aims to ensure enough good-quality food for people by 2030.

Addressing a function as the chief guest on Tuesday, the envoy also commended the bilateral relationships between the two nations in terms of socio-economic development.

Denmark-based Arla Foods Bangladesh organized the event at Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka to share the outcome of a social campaign under Dano milk brand.

The company shared the goodness of affordable milk and nutrition among 1.3 million low-income people across Bangladesh.

 “There is amazing economic growth in Bangladesh which is maintaining a sustainable growth rate amid pandemic,” said Peterson. 

“This is a result of the tireless work of the government. The country has recovered from many challenges,” she said.

The ambassador said, “Denmark has a long-term relationship with Bangladesh since independence in 1971 and the countries will celebrate 50 years of bilateral relationship in February next.”

She highlighted the role of Arla as partner of the government’s SDG journey in Bangladesh.

She said Arla Foods Bangladesh took initiative to ensure nutrition for over 1 million people across the country under the campaign “Lakho Mukhe Pustir Hasi.”

“It is yet another example of broad engagement of Arla in Bangladesh which has operations for last 60 years,” Ambassador said.

Pointing out the development partnership, the ambassador further said, “Denmark has been contributing to the development of Bangladesh through Danish development cooperation, Danida as a long standing partner focusing on agriculture.”

“Many farmers engage in Danida projects to produce nutritious foods,” she added.

The event was also attended by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution director Nurul Amin, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) director Shah Alam and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority deputy secretary Kawserul Islam Shikder as guests of honour.

Arla Foods Bangladesh managing director Peter Hallberg made vote of thanks while head of marketing Galib Bin Mohammad presented the keynote on the campaign.

In the keynote, Galib Bin Mohammad claimed that the Dano brand covered one third of the population of the country as every one in three houses consume the products for their daily nutrition.

He shared a story behind development of the Arla Food around 140 years ago in a Västmanland near North Pole.  Now the company led by the share of farmers produces milk for 150 countries with an annual turnover of 11 billion euros.

Arla Bangladesh imports full cream milk powder from Denmark in bulk shipment.

Then the products go through packaging at Gazipur factory with quality check before being delivered across the country.