Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday told the parliament that unanimous adoption of the resolution in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on graduation of Bangladesh to a developing nation from the LDC category is a great achievement and ‘rare honour’ for the country.
“This achievement is great for us as it is achieved at a moment when the nation is celebrating the “Mujib Borsho” marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and golden jubilee of the country’s independence. The landmark achievement is a “rare honour” for Bangladesh. It is a “rare up-gradation” for the Bangalee and Bangladesh on the world stage,” she said.
The government has been working tirelessly to implement the “Vision 2041” by transforming Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country within 2041, she added.
Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House said, “It has been possible as we have proceeded with a well- thought-out plan and some specific targets.”
She said that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted the resolution on graduation of Bangladesh to a developing nation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category on November 24.
With adoption of the resolution, Bangladesh completes all the procedures to be graduated from the LDC category.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury chaired the sitting. A delegation of Saudi Arabia led by its Transport Minister Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser witnessed in person today’s sitting in the parliament
President Abdul Hamid delivered a commemorative speech marking the golden jubilee of the country's independence at the beginning of the November 24 sitting of parliament.
The current session of parliament also adopted a motion to extend thanks to UNESCO for introducing an international award - "UNESCO Bangladesh-Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Award" in the field of creative economy.
Sheikh Hasina said that the graduation as a developing country will immensely help the campaign of branding Bangladesh in the world.
“The graduation from the LDCs has created many opportunities for Bangladesh. I personally think it is another milestone in Bangladesh’s journey towards development. It has created scopes for campaigning to brand Bangladesh in the global arena,” she added.
She opined that many alternative opportunities would be created for Bangladesh as a developing country once the graduation is finally completed.
The Prime Minister said: “We will have to take measures to take Bangladesh forward and we are also working on it,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said that many people could not even think that Bangladesh could graduate to a developing nation.
The Prime Minister added that they have taken the Perspective Plan (2010-2020) and several five-year plans such as 6th, 7th, and 8th as part of a specific plan and targets to transform Bangladesh into a developing nation by 2021 in line with her government’s “Vision 2021”.
She said they had declared in their 2008 election manifesto that Bangladesh will be made a middle-income country by 2021.
“After assuming power, we have been working rigorously for alleviating poverty, ensuring socio-economic development, achieving self-sufficiency in food production, increasing the power generation, up-gradating the roads and highways, employment generation and many other works with a planned way to ensure the country’s overall development. We have proved that if a country marches forward with a specific target, it can achieve what it wants,” she added. And for this reason, the historic resolution on final graduation of Bangladesh from the least developed country (LDCs) status in the 40th meeting of the 7th UNGA session was adopted unanimously, at 8 in the morning (Bangladesh time) on November 24 last, she continued.
Though the final graduation is supposed to complete in 2024, Bangladesh has taken time till 2026 for enjoying the facilities entitled for the LDCs to recover the fallouts of the Covid-19 pandemic, she said.
The Prime Minister said that the graduation of Bangladesh was “very important” but the path of this achievement was not so easy.
The achievement has come due to her government’s midterm, short-term and long-term plans, for which, she said they had gone through severe criticisms from various quarters, she said.