Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Karachi celebrated the 52nd Independence and National Day recently. Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Syed Murad Ali Shah graced the reception as the Chief Guest.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in Pakistan Mr. Md. Ruhul Alam Siddiqui, Consuls General of different countries including Bahrain, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, British Deputy High Commissioner, and other diplomats participated at the reception. Senators, Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, Special Assistants to Chief Minister Sindh, Senior Government Officials of Pakistan and Sindh Province, Vice Chancellors & Professors of different Universities, President and Secretary General and other office Bearers of FPCCI, KCCI and other Chambers and Associations in Sindh also attended.
Eminent business personalities including Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors, Chief Operating Officers, Directors of different industries and companies, entrepreneurs including women entrepreneurs, cultural activists, eminent media personalities and Journalists also participated the Independence and National Day reception of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in his speech warmly welcomed the Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Syed Murad Ali Shah and diplomats and all the distinguished guests to the reception arranged to celebrate the 52nd Independence and National Day of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
The Independence and the National Day of Bangladesh is on 26 March, however due to the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Karachi has arranged the reception at a later date. At the outset of his speech, the Deputy High Commissioner paid his profound tributes to the memory of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He also paid rich tributes to all the martyrs, who have sacrificed their lives for the Independence of Bangladesh in 1971. Deputy High Commissioner S. M. Mahbubul Alam mentioned that Bangladesh and Pakistan have huge potential for mutually beneficial bilateral relationships. He emphasized on the exploring the issues areas for wider and stronger cooperation between the two countries. Deputy High Commissioner elaborated on the success stories of Bangladesh and mentioned that under the charismatic and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has become a ‘Role Model’ of socio-economic development in the world. Bangladesh is currently among the five fastest growing economies in the world, ranking 35th in terms of GDP. He further added that Bangladesh has full filled all the criteria for the graduation to developing country from the LDC status and has been confirmed to be graduated from the LDC in 2026. The present per capita income of Bangladesh is USD2824. Deputy High Commissioner further briefed that Bangladesh has completed or has been working on many mega projects such as the Padma Bridge, which is opened on 25 June 2022. The Padma Bridge is constructed with the own finance worth over US$3.8billion.
He also mentioned few other mega projects such as the Metro Rail (opened on 28 December 2022), Karnaphuli River Tunnel-the first even under the river tunnel in South Asia, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Deep-Sea Port, Bangabandhu Satellite-1. Mr. Alam further highlighted that Bangladesh is the largest delta in the world with over 500 rivers. Bangladesh is a green country which is a production powerhouse. Bangladesh is the 1st in Jute export, 2nd in Jute production, 3rd in Freshwater fish production, 4th in Rice production, 7th in Potatoes production. Bangladesh, a country of 170 million population, is a self-sufficient country in food production. Bangladesh is 2nd in RMG production and export. Over 12 million Bangladesh nationals live in over 180 countries and Bangladesh is 8th in Remittance receipt amounting over US$25 billion a year. Bangladesh’s foreign currency reserve reached up to US$48billion. Total annual Exports of Bangladesh is over US$55 billion. Bangladesh has been working hard for the annual export of US$100 billion by 2030.Bangladesh will a trillion dollar Economy and the 9th largest consumer market in the world by 2041. Government of Bangladesh has been striving hard to implement
“Vision-2041” to turn Bangladesh into an upper middle-income country by 2031 and Developed and Smart Bangladesh by 2041 and building a prosperous and climate-resilient delta by 2100. Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner mentioned that Bangladesh has been excelling in all socio-economic indices. Bangladesh’s policy for women education and women empowerment is very robust. Bangladesh is a country of religious harmony. Bangladesh is a country of rich cultural heritage and tradition of thousand years. He added that Bangladesh believes in the holistic and all-encompassing development policies that the development of everyone and every sector in the society is the development of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a secular democratic country with traditional inclusive society. Rights of all from all strata of the society are well protected in Bangladesh. The media has been growing very fast in Bangladesh. The media has been enjoying freedom of expression.
There are over 1,300 newspapers in Bangladesh.Deputy High Commissioner added that Bangladesh the current primary enrollment rate is almost 100 percent, electricity coverage is 100 percent, and children Vaccination is 100 percent.