PM promises sustainable democracy
Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: May 28, 2012 08:30 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, May 28 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday reaffirmed her commitment to make democracy sustainable as her government has taken various steps to make the country’s democratic system effective.The Prime Minister said this when visiting UK Minister for South Asia for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt met her at her official residence Ganobhaban in the afternoon.PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Bijan Lal Dev briefed reporters after the meeting.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that some 5,197 elections at different tiers were held under the present government and there were no allegation regarding any of the polls, as the Election Commission conducted every election freely and independently.About the economy, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh economy has been able to maintain good growth despite the global economic ‘recession’. “The GDP growth rate has been maintaining over 6 percent for the last couple of years. As the world has become a (global) village, so we also have to take some measures to cushion off the impact of recession,” the Prime Minister added.As one of the most climate vulnerable countries and LDCs, she said, Bangladesh is the most focused on highlighting the concerns in adaptation, mitigation, climate resilient development strategies and low carbon development plans.She also mentioned that Bangladesh has created a climate change trust fund from its own resources. On the adverse impacts of climate change, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is not responsible for this. “So the developed countries should come forward with more support.”Underlining Bangladesh’s commitment to counterterrorism, she said her government since 2009 has been able to ensure that Bangladesh territory cannot be used as the sanctuary of terrorist groups.The premier also stated that Bangladesh greatly values its relations with the UK and considers it as a most valued trade, development and strategic partner, especially in Europe. “Bangladesh also attaches great importance to the historic and intellectual links with UK as a Commonwealth nation.”She also appreciated the continued British development assistance to Bangladesh, particularly in education, health, sanitation and training.In response, the British Minister said the trade and investment relations between the two countries have been improving over the years expressing the hope that this relationship would strengthen further.Alistair Burt also appreciated the capabilities of garment industries in Bangladesh and mentioned that Bangladesh economy has been performing well despite ‘recession’.Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary Sheikh Md Wahid Uz Zaman, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Gibson and PM’s Special Assistant Abdus Sobhan Golap were present.Later, Dato Seri S Samy Vellu, Malaysian Prime Ministers’ Special Envoy to India and South Asia on Infrastructure, met the Prime Minister at Ganobhaban.During the meeting, they discussed various aspects of enhancing trade and investment relations of Malaysia and Bangladesh.The Malaysian Special Envoy also apprised the Prime Minister about its proposal to Bangladesh for the construction of Padma Bridge.
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