The Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak has lauded Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina for her humour, wit, and the role she has played as a leader while still making time to do everything that a loving mother and grandmother is supposed to do. "This woman is a force," Dvorak's column reads as it narrates HPM Sheikh Hasina and her achievements and struggles. She took a one-on-one interview with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ritz-Carlton in Northern Virginia during the premier's recent visit to the US to attend the United Nations, General Assembly. "We sat in a lovely room with her translator and chief of staff, plus a giant portrait of her father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first president of Bangladesh and former prime minister who was assassinated along with 17 other members of her family in 1975. It is his legacy she is upholding as the nation's prime minister for two terms, totalling 18 years so far," Dvorak said.
Following her return from high profile participation at UN General Assembly (UNGA), Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh's active participation in all important meetings in the General Assembly (UNGA) would strengthen Bangladesh's position in multilateral forums along with widening the field of international cooperation on issues relating to the country's interests. "During the UN assembly, Bangladesh actively participated in all important meetings and I hope that this participation would strengthen Bangladesh's position in multilateral forums and widen the field of international cooperation on issues relating to Bangladesh's interests. Overall, I think Bangladesh's participation in this session was very successful," said the premier in a written speech at the outset of a press conference. In her speech, HPM Sheikh Hasina touched a number of important issues, including climate change, the Rohingya crisis and the global crisis erupted from the Russia-Ukraine war. She attended a reception at the invitation of Honourable US President Joe Biden when she invited the US President and First Lady to visit Bangladesh.
From shiny new factories, increased profits, and more employment opportunities to a slew of new tourists, the Padma Bridge has already begun transforming the landscape of the Southwest in many different ways, while also giving a boost to Mongla Port. On the industrial side, Barishal will also be making several firsts, including its first-ever garments factory and a bottled water purification factory, which come soon after the inauguration of the much-awaited bridge. The garments factory will begin operations in Barishal's Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in December, with two lines initially. It is set to generate employment for around two hundred people.
An initiative has been approved to create 1,440 agricultural entrepreneurs to transform Subsistence level agriculture into commercial farming. The plan has been taken with a view to maximising farm production reducing cost of production through mechanization of agriculture with easy supply of inputs and irrigation facilities. The project, when implemented, will increase cropping intensity by 4% through extension of modern agricultural technology. By expanding eco-friendly production technology, the high-value crop yield in the project area will increase by 12% and land fertility will rise by 5% while through training on harvesting and management including soil health, the stakeholders may reduce the loss of high-value crops by 10%.
Bangladesh is currently weathering a period of heightened external pressure and economic headwinds like it has done since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and kept growing, said a top official of a multinational bank. "I am seeing an oasis of growth here in Bangladesh. Not only it is resilient, but it is also one of the few countries that continued to expand during the pandemic and – as I understand – grew more than 17% over the last three years," said Benjamin Hung, chief executive officer of Standard Chartered for Asia. According to the economist, the financial sector of Bangladesh is one of the top 10 FDI-attracting sectors with major inflows from the UK, the US, and China.
HPM Sheikh Hasina has said she wants to make sure that everyone in Bangladesh gets their own home, land and address as her government continues working for inclusive development. “My aim is to make sure that not a single person remains homeless in Bangladesh,” she told the Bangla service of Voice of America in an interview aired on Tuesday, sharing how the idea of the Ashrayan project came to her — giving equal ownership rights to the husband and the wife of a landless family. The Ashrayan project — home for the homeless — is seen as a “Sheikh Hasina Model” for inclusive development. Responding to a question, HPM Hasina said she has made good on her commitment and 1 million families have received homes. “If we count, around 3.5 million got permanent shelters.”
The knitwear segment has retained its position as the country's biggest export earner in the readymade garment industry and among all the sectors of Bangladesh. The knitwear segment overtook the woven sub-sector for the first time in the financial year of 2007-08 and held the pole position until 2010-11. In 2020-21, knitwear outran woven and recaptured the glory. And it continued in the last fiscal year as well as it brought home $23.21 billion, versus the woven's $19.40 billion. Local garment suppliers, primarily, attributed the change in fashion and style globally, to the continued success of the knitwear sector.


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