H.E. Ambassador Mr. Mohammed Abdul Hye, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), paid an introductory call on Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP on 27 January, 2021. He was accompanied by Mr. Syed Rashedul Hossen, Economic Counsellor and Alternate PR to UNESCAP and Mr. Istiaque Uddin Ahmed, Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Bangladesh Embassy. Secretary of the Commission, Office of the Executive Secretary of the UNESCAP Mr. Lorenzo Santucci was also present at that time.
During the call on, the Ambassador of Bangladesh appreciated the ESCAP’S role and support in formulating country-strategies and bringing international cooperation to overcome global low-growth economic situation due to COVID-19 pandemic. He further mentioned that Bangladesh always plays a very active role in ESCAP. Bangladesh Chaired the last UNESCAP commission session and Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh gave her keynote address. Bangladesh is currently holding the membership of the Governing Council of all five regional institutes of ESCAP which proves member-states confidence on Bangladesh’s leaderships in this regional UN platform. He further reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to closely work with UNESCAP Member States and the Secretariat.
Ambassador Mohammed Abdul Hye underscored the commitment of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister H.E. Sheikh Hasina to the regional and multilateral engagements and cooperation and Bangladesh’s active participation and contribution to the works of the UNESCAP.
Ambassador informed the Executive Secretary that prudent policies and implementation of projects and programmes, Bangladesh achieved sustained growth over 7-8% during the last one decade resulting gradual increase in the per capita income, reduction of poverty, remarkable achievements in many human development sectors which helped Bangladesh to graduate to Middle income country by the UN.
As the new Representative of Bangladesh, he shared that his priority is to continue Bangladesh’s active engagement in the regional work towards “building back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh is an ardent supporter of more connectivity and supports ESCAP’s initiative of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway and other initiatives as a way to ensure sustainable transport connectivity initiative in the Asia Pacific Region. Bangladesh is also actively engaging in the Cross-border paperless Trade, Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), PPP networking, renewable energy and other initiative of UNESCAP. Bangladesh is continuing its efforts to design a pragmatic legal-institutional and policy framework so that it can be in a better position in achieving Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) objectives as well as related SDG Goals and targets but needs support and cooperation from all to achieve the GCM.
Ms. Alisjahbana, in turn, conveyed the ESCAP Secretariat’s appreciation for the support and active participation of Bangladesh in the Commission’s programs and events. Praising Bangladesh’s economic growth, she underscored the need of strengthening productive capacity and promoting economic diversification which can play an important role in ensuring Bangladesh’s development progress to be sustained and resilient. ESCAP is stands ready to use all possible means to assist graduating countries like Bangladesh in better understanding the graduation process and planning for a smooth transition. It is mentionable here that the Ambassador-designate of Bangladesh to Thailand H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdul Hye arrived in the kingdom of Thailand on 31 Dec 2020 to officially assume his duties.