New York: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday received an award for Bangladesh for its stellar performance in fighting against poverty as well as significant reduction in poverty during the present government.
The International Organization for South-South Cooperation (IOSSC) handed over the award to the Bangladesh premier at a function at the IOSSC headquarters here on Monday evening (local time).
President of the South-South headquarters and South-South News Ambassador Francis Lorenzo handed over the award.
Heads of government of different countries and their spouses were present at the function.
PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters about the ceremony.
After receiving the award, Hasina thanked the IOSSC and other dignitaries who were present at the function for presenting the award to her and her country for Bangladesh’s achievement on significant poverty reduction.
“It recognizes important achievement of our people and our government during its tenure and I’m proud to accept the award as recognition of Bangladesh’s efforts and efforts of the developing countries from the global south that are fighting to eliminate poverty,” she added.
Appreciating the continued support of Ambassador Francis to the cause of poverty, Hasina said, “The award will inspire us in Bangladesh to work harder to win our war against poverty, especially to accelerate progress towards 2015. It’ll also inspire us to equally work harder to attain all the other goals that will have set forward ourselves and Bangladesh within 2021.”
Recognizing the valuable support of the development partners like the World Bank, UN, UN agencies, UNDP and other international organizations, the Prime Minister said, “There’re greater involvement in terms of financial resources, and technological support would enable us to overcome poverty and all other challenges.”
She also expected that the global leaders to stand by the country’s people, work together and achieve the goal that the world would become poverty-free, hunger-free and people should live a better life, which is also the main goal of her government.
“Inshallah, we’ll be able to achieve that and Bangladesh have already achieved a lot to establish Digital Bangladesh…we’ve almost established it that now we can say that,” Hasina added.
Devoting the award to the people of Bangladesh as this achievement belongs to the country’s people, the Prime Minister also expressed her belief to turn Bangladesh into a hunger- and poverty-free prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Extending her heartfelt thanks to the country’s people for electing Awami League and thus serving the nation, she highlighted various achievements of her government in various fields, including lowering the poverty rate below 26 percent, which was 51 percent in 1991, ensuring food security and social safety net, reaching the healthcare services to the doorsteps of the common people, ensuring socioeconomic development, improved standard of education as well as its rate.
The Prime Minister said that the people of Bangladesh now can use internet up to the village level and it would also develop more in the future.
She also extended her thanks to the leaders of Awami League and the Grand Alliance for the significant achievements that the country made during the tenure of the present government.
“We’ve been implementing various activities for which Bangladesh has been able to make its place at the global stage as a dignified nation,” she added.
PM’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, her daughter Saima Hossain Putul, AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, PM’s Adviser on Media Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Bangladesh permanent representative to the UN AK Abdul Momen, lawmaker Mainuddin Khan Badal, and PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were, among others, present on the occasion.