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Bangladesh achieves economic progress

Speakers tell webinar

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 20 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh achieves economic progress

Speakers at a webinar in Washington DC highly praised the impressive economic growth that Bangladesh has achieved in recent years despite various challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic and the rohingya crisis.

The webinar titled “Bangladeshi perspectives on regional economic cooperation” was organised by the leading US think tank Atlantic Council on Thursday, in partnership with the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam delivered a keynote speech on the theme of the event and took part in a moderated discussion. Senior advisor of Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and former US Ambassador to Fiji Osman Siddique moderated the event, said the Bangladesh Embassy.

Ambassador M Shahidul Islam, in his remarks, stated about the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision for transforming the country into a connectivity hub in South Asia to foster economic cooperation and people to people contact in the region.

He also highlighted Bangladesh’s proactive role to support cooperation among the regional countries in areas such as power and energy, Covid-19 collaboration, and climate change. The ambassador also shared his thoughts about the possible role and relevance of the US to promote economic integration of South Asia.

During the discussion, the ambassador termed the Rohingya crisis as a big challenge for the region that has stood in the way of greater integration of South and Southeast Asian economies.

In his closing remarks, moderator Osman Siddique highlighted the tremendous socio-economic development that Bangladesh has achieved since the independence by comparing some of the economic indicators between the past and the present.

Bangladesh Ambassador Shahidul Islam participated in a similar webinar on the Rohingya issue organised by the Atlantic Council on October 27, 2021.