Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the people to keep hold of the achievements Bangladesh has made so far to graduate from the Least Developed Country to a developing nation.
She made the call while addressing a reception accorded to her at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka for the attainment under her stewardship dedicating the achievement to the people of Bangladesh.
“This achievement has been possible as we worked together . . . it’s the achievement of the people as they are the main strength,” she added.
“I want this achievement to continue and it is not lost in any way.”
Hasina congratulated the people of all classes and professions in view of the achievement as she was accorded the reception for her leadership to the country’s eligibility for graduating from the group of Least Development Countries (LDCs).
It is proved again that people of the country could achieve everything they wanted and this achievement will have to be retained so that this journey did not stop.
Economic Relations Division organized the reception with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in the chair while United Nations Under Secretary General Fajita Manual Katua Utau Common spoke on the occasion.
A written message of UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner was also read out at the function where ERD Secretary Kazi Shafiqul Azam delivered the welcome address.
UN secretary general Antonio Guterres , World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao, USAID administrator Mark Green and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka have sent separate video messages on the occasion.
The prime minister said as a proud nation, Bangladesh wants to move keeping its head high as “we liberated the country through struggle and war . . . So why we will lag behind and why we will not stand our own feet and we’ve proved that we can”.
She said the state power meant to her the opportunity to serve the people and “the power is not for me to enjoy luxury and change my own fate”.
Hasina, also the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said her father taught her that the politics means changing the lot of the people and “we’ve been working with a goal so that the people stay good and this success has been possible due to it”.
At the function, the finance minister handed over the letter of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations that declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the LDCs to the prime minister.
Hasina also released a commemorative postage stamp issued by Bangladesh Post Office on the occasion alongside a commemorative currency note of Tk 70 denomination issued by Bangladesh Bank.
“We want that Bangladesh will advance further and be established as a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla holding the hand of this achievement,” she said adding that the nation had to cross many hurdles to achieve this success.
Hasina said she had to face repeated death attempts on her life, including the August 21 grisly grenade attack. “I never scared to death and don’t scare it,” she said.
Recalling the dark chapter of Bangladesh after the assassination of Bangabandhu, the prime minister said she returned home in 1981 amid a hostile environment of the country.
“At that time, the killers of Bangabandhu and war criminals were allowed by the then government to do politics and put on the state power by promulgating infamous indemnity ordinance,” she said.
“From that situation, we had started our journey and work for the welfare of the people and now we took the country one step forward,” she said.
Paying tributes to Bangabandhu, Hasina said the Father of the Nation had realised Bangladesh’s recognition as an LDC. “Now we have been able to graduate Bangladesh as a developing country…I don’t know whether he is seeing this achievement of Bangladesh’s people from the heaven,” she said in an emotion charged voice.
She said Bangabandhu wanted to bring smiles on the faces of the common people and he also wanted that the people would get a better life.
“Today, the door of that possibility has been opened. Had Bangabandhu been alive, we could earn this achievement within 10 years of independence,” she said, according to the state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
“No other else than Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had better idea about the real condition of the people. So, he struggled all over his life to change the fate of the common people,” she said.
Hasina reiterated her government’s determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and developed one by 2041.