UN representative visits PM, ‘Hartal-blockade painful for a developing country’
11 May 2015, Nirapad News: United Nations resident coordinator and also United Nations Development Program (UNDP) resident representative Robert Watkins commented that hartal and blockade are painful for a developing country like Bangladesh.
The UN envoy made the remark during his visit to Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina at her office in city on Sunday. The envoy also said that consecutive 93-day blockade along with frequent hartal is unfortunate in a country. ‘Hope the nation is moving towards a fair solution,’ he added.
The envoy, who had been appointed in the country in February, made the courtesy call to the premier for the first time.
PM’s press secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed the media after the meeting.
According to Chowdhury, the UN envoy lauded the ongoing development in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Watkins said Bangladesh’s achievement in fulfilling Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is unique. ‘Bangladesh will be in an advanced position in obtaining Sustainable Development Goal (SDG),’ he hoped. The envoy further expected that the government will be able to reach to its self-imposed ‘Vision-2021’ target of being a middle income country.
Moreover, the premier upheld her incumbent government’s success in ensuring food security and reducing poverty level to 24 percent. The PM also expressed her hope saying that the poverty level will be lessened to 10 percent by her current tenure.
In the meeting, the premier also mentioned the losses from the destructive movements, imposed by BNP and its alliance in past three months in the country.