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Development Mela held in London

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:

The Bangladesh High Commission in London celebrated the 4th Bangladesh Development Fair in the Impression Auditorium in East London on Sunday 7 October with due festivity and enthusiasm.

The event was chaired by H.E. Mr Md Nazmul Quaunine, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK. Having mentioned the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in our great Liberation War, the High Commissioner in his speech gave a brief account of Bangladesh’s recent developments, Hon’ble Prime Minister’s special initiatives, vision-2021 and 2041, achievements in different sectors, MDGs successes and programmes to achieve the SDGs. He mentioned that all these achievements and developments had been possible due to effective policies, programmes and actions taken by the government of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also mentioned that the Bengali community in the UK had also contributed to these development efforts of the country.

The Commercial Counsellor of the Mission Mr SM Jakaria Huq made a PowerPoint presentation at the event highlighting Bangladesh’s recent successes, development trajectory, MDG achievements, opportunities and prospects of trade and investment, huge infrastructural developments, and efforts of the government to make a digital Bangladesh.  Some documentaries on Bangladesh were also shown in the event.

The guests in the event included, among others, community leaders, freedom fighters, journalists, businesses, media workers, academics, cultural activists and other dignitaries. There were stalls exhibiting books and documents on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his vision, Great Liberation War, advancements of the country, MDG achievements, SDG programmes, Mission’s consular services, services of Bangladesh Biman and remittance sending services of BRAC Sajaan Exchange House were pitched at the event. Services of the respective organisations were showcased and presented to the guests. A cultural programme was also held at the end to showcase the rich heritage of Bangladesh.