সোমবার, ১৮ জানুয়ারী ২০২১, ১০:৩৩ অপরাহ্ন
Jordan, 11 January: President of the Jordanian Senate and former Prime Minister Faisal Akif Al-Fayez has applauded Bangladesh’s over 5% GDP growth even during pandemic under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He was addressing a special event, as the Chief Guest, organised by the Bangladesh Embassy in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, to mark the historic 10th January, Bangabandhu’s homecoming day, and the inauguration of the newly installed ‘Bangabandhu Corner’ in the mission premises.
The senior politician from Jordan remarked how remarkable the growth story of Bangladesh is, given that so many countries experienced negative growth as a result of the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Lt. Col. Retd. Faruk Khan, Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was present as the Guest of Honour. In his speech, Farukh khan highlighted the leadership qualities of Bangabandhu and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also thanked the Bangladeshi expatriate workers who contribute greatly to the country’s economy and assured them of all support on behalf of Sheikh Hasina’s government.
Moderated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Special Assistant Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, the event was also addressed by Chief Coordinator of the National Implementation Committee for the Birth Centenary Celebrations of the Father of the Nation, Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, former member of the Jordanian Senate Dr. Sawsan Majali, renowned writer and researcher Syed Badrul Ahsan and the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Jordan, Nahida Sobhan. A video on the context and national mood of 10th January 1972 titled ‘Hopes and Aspirations: The Day the Father of the Nation Returned Home’ was also screened.
Dr. Sawsan Majali highlighted the role of the current government in Bangladesh and non government organisations in transforming the lives of millions, especially rural women. She also applauded the rapid digitisation of Bangladesh under Sheikh Hasina and how millions of mobile banking customers is ensuring financial inclusion at the grassroots level. She recalled her own visit to Bangladesh to illustrate the rapid socio-economic development taking place in Bangladesh.
In his comments, Dr. Kamal highlighted the significance of Mujib Year, especially for the youth. He pointed out the timelessness of Bangabandhu’s politics and philosophy and how they are very much relevant in today’s domestic and international politics. He also narrated the initiatives undertaken by the government for celebrating Mujib Year and the golden anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. He lauded the Embassy in Jordan for setting up the Bangabandhu Corner and hoped that the installation would enable Bangladeshi and foreign visitors to the mission to know more about the remarkable life of the architect of Bangladesh’s independence.
The discussion was arranged by the Bangladesh Embassy in Amman, as part of the ‘Mujib Barsha Webinar Series’. Earlier, on 29 December last year. the Embassy arranged a webinar on ‘Liberation of Bangladesh and the Dream of Sonar Bangla’, which was attended by among others the Bangladeshi and Palestinian Foreign Ministers.