BILL GATES PRAISES SHEIKH HASINA FOR HER VISION TO BUILD DIGITAL BANGLADESH
GENEVA – William H (Bill) Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation, has highly praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her vision to build a digital Bangladesh and expressed keen interest to work together with Bangladesh to help attain its millennium development goals.
“Your visionary, modern and farsighted leadership would take Bangladesh into a new height of development,” Bill Gates, also co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told the Bangladesh Premier as he paid a courtesy call on her at her hotel suite on Monday evening.
Briefing newsmen, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters that during the meeting they also discussed various aspects of information technology, agriculture and women empowerment in Bangladesh.
Bill Gates lauded the programmes of the government of Sheikh Hasina in these fields and stressed further expansion of cooperation in vaccination programme.
The Prime Minister thanked the Microsoft boss for his commitment and efforts towards people’s development and said that her government is committed to ensuring women empowerment to establish their rights in all spheres of society for sustainable development of her country.
During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina told Bill Gates about her government’s various programmes to reduce child and maternal mortality rate in Bangladesh along with providing health services to the doorsteps of people.
The Microsoft chairman greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on achievement of the UN MDG-4 award for Bangladesh’s success in reducing the child mortality rate.
In this context, she said her government is working relentlessly to achieve other millennium development goals (MDGs).
Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haq, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Forests and Environment Dr Hasan Mahmud, Adviser to the Prime Minister Prof Dr Syed Modasser Ali, Ambassador-at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister M A Karim and Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad, among others, were present.
Earlier, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi met the Prime Minister at her hotel suite yesterday evening.
During the meeting, the UNCTAD leader invited Sheikh Hasina to attend the upcoming UNCTAD summit to be held in Doha next year and said that her (Sheikh Hasina’s) presence at the summit will make it a success.
Besides, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidib, and WHO Director on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Dr Shekhar Saxena called on Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite separately.
During the meeting, they discussed Bangladesh’s success in controlling HIV/AIDS diseases and issues relating to mental health and substance abuse. The Prime Minister said religious and social values help much to control HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh.
While meeting with WHO Director, Sheikh Hasina said that in July next, her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, a psychologist, is going to arrange a regional conference on autism in Dhaka. She invited him and international experts on autism to attend the conference.
Dr Saxena highly appreciated Sheikh Hasina and her daughter Saima’s efforts to ensure maximum facilities and social security for the children and people with physical and mental challenges.
AUGUST 28, 2014