Bangladesh Ahead of Neighbours in Social Development

DHAKA, June 7 (BSS) Dr. Iftekhar Chowdhury, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations said that due to appropriate macro- economic policies, a democratic setting and adequate investment in social sectors, Bangladesh has achieved greater progress in social development in comparison to other South Asian countries.

He was speaking at a Conference at Yale University, USA recently organized by the Distressed Children’s International (DCI) who have an outreach programme of caring for Bangladeshi children. According to a message received here today.

The Conference was also addressed, among others, by Professor Brian Debroff of Yale University, Prof. A.K. Azad Khan, General Secretary of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh and Dr. A. Ehsanul Hoque, Executive Director of DCI.

The Ambassador lauded the expatriates in the US for coming forward to assist the authorities in Bangladesh in alleviating the sufferings of children.

He also praised the civil society in Bangladesh for the “exemplary cooperation” with the public sector in the achievement of “common aspirations”.

He enumerated the various programmes and initiatives of the government in this sector including “cash for education” and “free education for the Civil Child”.

Iftekhar Chowdhury also spoke of Bangladesh’s role at the United Nations on the subject. Every year Bangladesh delegation sponsors a resolution “Culture of Peace and Non- Violence Against Children”, he added.

During the current session it was adopted unanimously in the General Assembly with 107 co-sponsors.

He also informed the participants that Bangladesh serves as Vice-President of UNICEF the UN Fund mandated to care for the world’s children.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha; June 7; 2007