Bangladesh High Commission


News Brief


London, 4 March 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, Bangladesh has already entered the lower middleincome country category and would graduate from the LDC group very soon. The PM said this as she was addressing a mammoth public rally in Khulna yesterday. The Premier said, our target is to step into the middle-income category by 2021 and into the developed category by 2041. She sought support of all quarters to fulfill the target. The PM inaugurated 47 development projects and laid foundation stones of 52 projects from the meeting place. Earlier in the morning, the PM while opening the 58th Convention of Engineers Institution, Bangladesh in Khulna has urged the engineers to be innovative to explore alternative energy and low cost housing to spearhead the country's development campaign amidst limited resources.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day state visit to Bangladesh. President Md. Abdul Hamid will welcome his Vietnamese counterpart at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The Vietnamese President is due to hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on different bilateral issues at the PMO tomorrow. Some agreements are expected to be signed to promote mutual ties between the two friendly countries.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said, vibrant private sector bears the real secrets of the country's development success in recent years. The Minister said this while addressing a function of ACI Group in Dhaka yesterday. The Finance Minister, in his address, mentioned, the country's consistent economic progress in recent years means the country is poised to fulfill the criteria for graduating from LDC status this March.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal has said, Myanmar has removed its heavy weapons from Tambru border in Bandarban after a flag meeting held on Friday. The Minister said this while replying to a query from journalists at a programme organised by Metropolitan Cooperative Society at Farmgate in Dhaka yesterday. The Minister said, BGB and BGP of Myanmar will launch joint patrol in their respective areas in coordination from March 27 to avoid any untoward incident.

The United States has said, the world will continue to do everything possible to make sure that Rohingyas are protected and safe. US President’s Deputy Assistant Lisa Curtis said this while visiting Rohingya camp in Kutupalang yesterday. Lisa Curtis said, her country will continue to work with the Myanmar government to ensure that required conditions are there for safe and voluntary return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Md. Nojibur Rahman has stressed the need of soft and unconditional funds under the UN development system to achieve the SDGs. Nojibur Rahman made the emphasis as he was addressing the 'Operational Activities Segment' of the United Nations Economics and Social Council - 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.

Professor Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, who sustained a knife attack on his university campus in Sylhet was admitted to Dhaka CMH for better treatment. At the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dr Iqbal was brought to CMH from Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital last night. The PM has strongly condemned the attack on Dr Zafar Iqbal and directed the authorities concerned to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Press Wing