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Bangladesh on Way to Be Middle-income Nation: Minister
Source: southasia.oneworld.net
Source Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Bangladesh
Created: Aug 05, 2014

Bangladesh is well on its way to graduate from the LDCs, said Md Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Dhaka: Bangladesh's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has informed the ministers of the Least Developed Countries that Bangladesh is well on its way to graduate from the LDCs and is confident to reach its target in time.

"Under Vision 2021 of the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been formulating and implementing all necessary policies in its national development plans to reach the middle income status by the golden Jubilee of our independence," he shared this with the Ministers from LDCs, other development partners and UN agency representatives during the LDC Ministerial Meeting on New Partnerships for building productive capacity in the LDCs that is being held in Cotonou, Benin from July 28 to 31.

The meeting was inaugurated by the President of Benin yesterday.

The state minister chaired the First Thematic Session on the first day of the Ministerial Meeting on policy framework and institutions for productive capacity building, where he explained the vision in the context of importance of policy framework and institutions for productive capacity building.

Senior representatives from governments, international agencies and inter governmental organizations made presentations as panelists, while several high level dignitaries from different countries, made interventions from the floor.

The discussions stressed the importance of giving high priority to the issue of building productive capacity in the LDCs for addressing the various challenges faced by these vulnerable countries on the issues of social, environments and economic areas.

Shahriar Alam also disclosed that in the recently adopted Open Working Group outcome document, the productive capacity featured prominently which is the first priority area of Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs.

He campaigned for the candidatures of Bangladesh for membership of the Human Rights Council and for the post of Council Member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) among participating dignitaries. He also attended a dinner hosted by the President of Benin on the first day of the meeting.

Ministers and high-level dignitaries from around 50 countries including Least Developed Countries and donor countries as well as Head of different UN Agencies are attending the meeting in Benin.

The state minister for Foreign Affairs is scheduled to return home on August 1.

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