January 24, 2021, 2:03 pm

Diplomatic correspondent

2021-01-11 07:37:58 BdST

Jordanian Senate President lauds BD’s growth during pandemic

President of the Jordanian Senate Faisal Akif Al-Fayez (standing in front)

President of the Jordanian Senate and former Prime Minister Faisal Akif Al-Fayez has applauded Bangladesh’s over 5 percent GDP growth even during the pandemic under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He was addressing a special event, as the Chief Guest, organised by the Bangladesh Embassy in Amman, Jordan to mark the historic 10th January, Bangabandhu’s homecoming day, and the inauguration of the newly installed ‘Bangabandhu Corner’ in the mission compound.

The senior politician from Jordan remarked how remarkable the growth story of Bangladesh is, especially given that so many countries are experiencing negative growth as a result of the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Faruk Khan MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was present as the Guest of Honour.

In his speech, he highlighted the leadership qualities of Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina. He also thanked the Bangladeshi expatriate workers who contributed greatly to the country’s economy despite Covid-19 and assured them of all support on behalf of the Sheikh Hasina government.

Moderated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Special Assistant Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, the event was also addressed by Chief Coordinator of the National Implementation Committee for the Birth Centenary Celebrations of the Father of the Nation, Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, former member of the Jordanian Senate Dr. Sawsan Majali, renowned writer and researcher Syed Badrul Ahsan and the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Jordan Nahida Sobhan.

A video on the context and national mood of 10th January 1972 titled ‘Hopes and Aspirations: The Day the Father of the Nation Returned Home’, produced by Barrister Farhad, was also screened during the event.

Dr. Majali highlighted the role of the current government in Bangladesh and NGOs like BRAC in transforming the lives of millions, especially rural women.

She also applauded the rapid digitisation of Bangladesh under PM Sheikh Hasina and how millions of mobile banking customers is ensuring financial inclusion at the grassroots level.

She recalled her own visit to Bangladesh to illustrate the rapid socio-economic development taking place in Bangladesh.

In his comments, Dr. Kamal highlighted the significance of Mujib Year, especially for the youth.

He pointed out the timelessness of Bangabandhu’s politics and philosophy and how they are very much relevant in today’s domestic and international politics.

Dr. Kamal shared his own experience of witnessing the 7th March speech of Bangabandhu in 1971 and what impact it had on his young mind.

He also narrated the initiatives undertaken by the government for celebrating Mujib Year and the golden anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.

He lauded the Embassy in Jordan for setting up the Bangabandhu Corner, and hoped that the installation would enable Bangladeshi and foreign visitors to know about the remarkable life of the architect of Bangladesh’s independence.

Syed Badrul narrated the electrifying atmosphere in Dhaka and throughout the country at the anticipation of welcoming Bangabandhu to his motherland after almost nine and a half months of incarceration in the dark cells of Pakistani prisons.

He put Bangabandhu’s politics in historical context, and the spectacular nature of the successful independence movement of Bangalees headed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, including the role of the six-point demands and the Agartala Conspiracy Case.

He also flagged the relatively young age by which Bangabandhu achieved his aim of an independent country and the heavy personal price he had to pay for it, including but not limited to, spending at least ten years in prison, for his politics alone.

Ambassador Sobhan termed Bangabandhu the ‘apostle of freedom’, as she listed the reasons for his stature as the undisputed architect of our independence.

She expressed hope that the ‘Bangabandhu Corner’ in the Bangladesh Embassy in Amanat will allow visitors to learn about the sacrifices Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib made in realizing the dream of an independent and prosperous Bangladesh.

The discussion was arranged by the Bangladesh Embassy in Amman, Jordan as part of the ‘Mujib Barsha Webinar Series’.

Earlier, on 29 December, the Embassy arranged a webinar on ‘Liberation of Bangladesh and the Dream of Sonar Bangla’, which was attended by, among others, the Bangladeshi and Palestinian Foreign Ministers.

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