Resident Representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to Bangladesh Mr. Munir M. Merali presented his credentials to the Hon’ble Foreign Minister at his office today.
Welcoming the new Resident Representative, the Foreign Minister highly appreciated the contributions of AKDN to Bangladesh’s socio-economic development particularly in the fields of education, healthcare, and micro-finance. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister referred to the new Protocol that was signed between Bangladesh and AKDN in September 2013. He expressed the hope that this new Protocol would strengthen the existing strategic, long-term partnership between Bangladesh and AKDN by expanding the areas of cooperation such as information and communication technology (ICT), agro-processing industries and other related sectors.
Terming Bangladesh as a land of opportunities for investment in every sector, the Resident Representative of AKDN appreciated Bangladesh’s progress in social and economic development. He expressed satisfaction over the way AKDN has received the support from the government in implementing its various projects in the country. He informed the Foreign Minister that AKDN would undertake a project to establish the Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka, and also expand the existing Aga Khan School in the city. AKDN will also arrange specialized training courses for nurses.
Welcoming the initiatives of AKDN, the Foreign Minister apprised the Resident Representative of the government’s Vision 2021 to make Bangladesh a middle-income country by the year 2021. He called for exploring new avenues for partnership in the coming days. He also urged the AKDN to avail excellent investment opportunities in Bangladesh.
At the end, the Hon’ble Foreign Minister hoped that during the tenure of the new Resident representative, the relations between Bangladesh and AKDN would be further strengthened and assured him of the government’s continued support and cooperation in the endeavours of the AKDN.