PM Hasina appreciates World Bank support

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Rbd Desk :

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has appreciated the recognition of Bangladesh by institutions like the World Bank for its innovative anti-poverty programmes.

Speaking at a ceremony in Dhaka to mark the End Poverty Day 2016, she said this support will strengthen the country’s efforts further.

Bangladesh will become a middle income country by 2021 and a developed nation by 2041, she said.

Paul Romer, the Bank’s chief economist and a senior vice president, stressed investments on education but said quality was the key.

Annette Dixon, vice president for South Asia, highlighted Bangladesh’s successes in education, women’s empowerment, anti-poverty programmes and achievement of MDGs.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Bangladesh has set an example on poverty eradication for all countries.

Speaking of the 100 million people that came out of extreme poverty globally the past year, he said the world still needs to learn from Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh’s experiences over the past few decades are among the most important to achieve the goal of ending extreme poverty throughout the world,” Kim said.

“Bangladesh recognised the importance of innovation in eradicating poverty very early,” he added.

Referring to handling diseases like diarrhoea, he said investments in these diseases occurred despite countless challenges.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said Bangladesh had come a long way towards eradicating poverty since independence.

He also reiterated the nation’s commitment to reach tougher sustainable development goals by 2030.

A World Bank presentation documenting Bangladesh’s social development was played at the end of the event.

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