The World Bank’s outgoing Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, Mercy Miyang Tembon, on Wednesday spoke highly of Bangladesh’s overall socio-economic development, including women’s empowerment, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Tembon said this during his farewell visit to the Prime Minister at his official residence, Ganabhaban.
The Prime Minister’s press secretary, Ihsanul Karim, then briefed reporters on the meeting.
The World Bank official said she had visited several places across Bangladesh and was overwhelmed with grassroots development.
She also applauded the prime minister for his Ashrayan project to provide housing for the homeless.
The Prime Minister told Tembon that the husband and wife are the owners of the houses allocated under the project and they use the land of their premises by growing vegetables.
Tembon said she was also delighted to see students and others volunteering to harvest paddy to help farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister said that the leaders and activists of his party, the Awami League, and its associated bodies have done the work based on their political commitment.
The prime minister’s principal secretary, Ahmad Kaikaus, was present at the meeting.
Later, the President of the International Diabetes Federation, Prof. Akhtar Hossain, also paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister.
Akhtar delivered an invitation letter to the Prime Minister to attend the World Diabetes Federation Congress.
The event will take place in Portugal in December where Sheikh Hasina will be honored as the first Global Diabetes Ambassador.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the governing body of the World Diabetes Federation for unanimously awarding him the title.
She emphasized the steps to be taken to control diabetics by changing eating habits and raising awareness.
The President of the International Diabetes Federation briefed the Prime Minister on its activities.
National Professor Abul Kalam Azad Khan was present at the meeting.