According to the latest report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)Bangladesh has risen from third to second place in the world for freshwater fish production, surpassing China, which has now dropped to third. In 2023, Bangladesh produced a total of 4.8 million tonnes of fish, including 3.2 million tonnes from fish farming and 1.3 million tonnes from open water bodies. Half of the fish from open water bodies were hilsa, with a total production of 6,50,000 tonnes of hilsa in 2023. This new milestone stands as testament to the successes of an array of policies undertaken by Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina since she was voted to power in 2009 to scale up overall production of food and fish stocks. Around 20 million people in the country are involved in fish farming and related businesses.
HPM Sheikh Hasina handed over 18,566 more houses to the homeless and landless families as gift before Eid across the country under the government's flagship housing programme Ashrayan-2 project, a scheme directly supervised by HPM to ensure housing for all. She distributed the homes along with the ownership documents of land among the beneficiaries. The premier also announced 70 more upazilas of 26 districts landless-and-homeless-free by handing over the houses under the second stage of the fifth phase of the project. According to the project details, a total of 266,012 landless and homeless families were rehabilitated in the first, second, third, fourth and the first stage of the fifth phases of the project, envisaged and implemented by the premier.
Monthly remittances sent by expatriates surged past $2 billion till 29 May, marking the second consecutive month of over $2 billion receipts, with two days still remaining in the month. With the $2.14 billion in remittance earnings, the current fiscal year (FY2024) has made a 10% jump in 11 months from the same period of last fiscal year. Over years since 2009, the current government has seen a series of steps taken including successful labour diplomacy that resulted in opening up new foreign destinations with training centers have been rolled out by the government to equip people with necessary skills.
HPM Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, have expressed their desire for bilateral relations between their two countries to deepen further in the future. According to media reports, "The two leaders have expressed their hopes that the existing bilateral relations will be deepened further in the days to come,". The expectations were shared during a one-to-one meeting (tete-e-tete) between the two prime ministers after the swearing-in ceremony of HPM Narendra Modi's cabinet on Sunday (9 June) evening. Forged by blood and shared culture, the ties between the countries marked significant gains over last fifteen years reaping dividends among the citizens.
HPM Sheikh Hasina received the Local Adaptation Champions Award of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) as Bangladesh won the maiden award for its leading role in introducing local adaptation program to face climate change impacts. GCA Chief Executive Officer Professor Patrick V Verkooijen handed over the award to the prime minister. Bangladesh, the first government to receive the global Local Adaptation Champions Award, won in the Innovation in Devolving Finance category for the Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC). After receiving the award, the premier said, "I am deeply honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of the Government and people of Bangladesh, whose unwavering resilience and innovative spirit have always guided us through natural adversities."
Antonio Alessandro, Honourable Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh, has said his country is looking for a broader cooperation with Bangladesh in the energy sector and they are very closely following the bidding for the international oil and gas companies to explore in the Bay of Bengal. The envoy said the relations between Bangladesh and Italy are growing and which are now multifaceted. The ties between the countries are growing because both countries are evolving. Bangladesh is not anymore an LDC and is quite a much stronger country with developing in many areas, presenting many opportunities for Italian business people, added the envoy.
Highly appreciating Bangladesh's approach to new regulations, Honourable Ambassador and head of delegation of the European Union (EU) Charles Whiteley said Bangladesh has made very strong progress on anticipating its transition to GSP plus. "I am very happy with the psychological approach of Bangladesh. They take these things seriously. And they look at it at a very early stage. So, it's very impressive," he said. Bangladesh has the highest number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified companies (217), while many businesses here are better aware of EU regulations in terms of labour issues or green factories.


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