London, Saturday, December 22
PM's leadership in Women Empowerment highly lauded at British Parliament
Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership in Women Empowerment was highly praised by the eminent British parliamentarians, British Bangladeshi academia, and civil society members at the British House of Lords at an event titled ‘The Golden Journey towards Development," organised by the London Study Circle on Thursday. Study Circle President Syed Mozammmel Ali chaired the programme when UK Awami League President Sultan Mahmud Sharif was present.
Delivering the keynote speech at the event, H.E. High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem said, "It is indeed an extraordinary matter that Bangladesh today is bracketed with country such as Norway with per capita income of USD 63000 for political empowerment of women by the World Economic Forum and that has been possible due to bold and visionary leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina."
While delivering his speech in the meeting, Mr Jim Fitzpatrick MP, a senior Labour Member of Parliament and Convener of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh said, "Bangladesh today has become a beacon for other countries of the world for many fronts, including in the area of women empowerment."
Hon. Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, praised Bangladesh and its leadership under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for excellent socio-economic development including of 7.5% plus GDP growth rate in the last fiscal year.
Other participants also shared the similar views, observing that Bangladesh has already become a role model for many countries particularly in the areas of rapid and constant economic growth, women empowerment, community health care and infrastructure development.
The observation reflected the very findings of the latest Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that placed Bangladesh at the top of South Asian courtiers and at the 5th position in the global index in women empowerment.
Hon. Member of the House of Lords Manzila Pola Uddin, Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, councillors Parzez Ahemd and Dilwar Ali and former councillor Murad Qureshi also participated in the discussion.
Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik suggested Biritsh-Banglashi to highlight the development of the Bangladesh in various fronts for promoting the image of the country, shading negative propaganda.
At the meeting Saida Muna Tasneem gave a brief on the significant progress of Bangladesh, including record growth in GDP and rise in per capita income, power generation, infrastructure development, women empowerment and UK-Bangladesh bilateral relations and contribution of British-Bangladeshi to their homeland and UK as well.
Citing reports of WEF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) HSBC Global Research, Standard & Poor’s and Goldman Sachs, she said all of the most credible and leading global institutions and organisations lauded Bangladesh economic and social development with firm projection that the country would make significant progress in the days ahead.
Regarding bilateral relations between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, she said UK is the 3rd largest destination for Bangladesh export and the 5th largest source of remittance. On the other hand more than half a million British-Bangladeshi are playing significant role in promoting trade and investment between the two countries while the 4-billion pound curry industry created over 100,000 jobs, contributing significantly to the British economy.
The high commissioner thanked the organiser of the discussion meeting for their sincere efforts of promoting the democratic values, secularism and human rights, which were devised by the Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and being followed by his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
She hoped that such discussion on Bangladesh’s government effort towards development would continue to help the country to attain its goal of a prosperous nation.
Study Circle researcher Shajia Sultana Singdha moderated the programme when its coordinator Jamal Khan gave vote of thanks. A good number of community leaders, journalists and development activists attended the programme.
Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury
Bangladesh High Commission