IsDB president calls on PM


DHAKA, Sept 9, 2018 (BSS) – President of Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Dr Bandar M H Hajjar today made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the meeting was held at Hotel Radisson after inauguration ceremony of IsDB Regional Hub.

Karim said the IsDB president assured the prime minister of continued support to Bangladesh in its development efforts saying the bank will always remain proactive regarding Bangladesh.

Dhaka would be the first regional hub of the IsDB after the bank’s decision to set up such hubs in different countries, Dr Hajjar said.

Appreciating the economic development of Bangladesh, the IsDB president said Bangladesh’s high success in all indicators should be replicated in other member countries particularly Africa.

Dr Hajjar also appreciated financial management system of Bangladesh saying the country is successfully improving the social aspects along with economic development.

The IsDB will work for improving the life of people and committed to continue support to Bangladesh, Dr Hajjar said.

Karim said the prime minister extended her thanks to IsDSB for its continued support to Bangladesh keeping it on the top of the list saying IsDB support was very crucial for development.

Sheikh Hasina her government has attached importance to development of the country from rural level. The government is moving in a planned way to develop the country, she said.

“We have already ensured food security, and reduced poverty to 22 percent, which would be further declined,” she said.

The prime minister said major changes have come in various areas of the economy. The government has given importance on electricity generation and development of communication, she said.

The prime minister sought more IsDB investment in various sectors particularly in agro and food processing industries and hoped that the IsDB regional hub would help strengthening mutual cooperation.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, State Minister for Finance M A Mannan, principal secretary Nojibur Rahman, Chief Coordinator in PMO on SDG Affairs Abul Kalam Azad, ERD Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and PMO Secretary Sazzadul Hassan attended the meeting.

CEO of International Trade and Finance Corporation Engineer Hanisalem Sanbol, Lead Executive Coordinator of the IsDB in Asia Dr Jafor Iqbal and Director, CRS Asia Ifran Bukhari accompanied the IsDB president.