Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Gates to help Bangladesh attain MDGs
Bill GatesUnb, Geneva
Microsoft Chairman William Henry Bill Gates has expressed keen interest to work together with Bangladesh to help it attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Bill Gates, also co-chair of Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation, showed the interest during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite in the Swiss city on Monday evening, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.
During the discussion, the Microsoft chairman hoped that Hasina's modern and prudent leadership would take the country into a new height of development.
He further appreciated the present government's development programmes in the field of women empowerment, agriculture and health sector.
The prime minister and the Microsoft chairman also discussed scope of cooperation in vaccination programmes.
Thanking Bill Gates for his commitment and efforts towards people's development, the PM said her government is highly committed to ensure women's empowerment in all spheres of the society to establish their rights.
Besides, the premier told Bill Gates her government's various programmes to reduce child and maternal mortality rate.
The Microsoft chairman congratulated Hasina for Bangladesh's achievement of MDG-4 award.
The PM also said her government is relentlessly working to achieve the other MDGs.
Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, State Minister for Forest and Environment Hasan Mahmud, among others, were present.
Meanwhile, Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary general of Unctad, in a meeting invited the PM to attend the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) to be held in Doha next year.
In another meeting, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé appreciated the premier for Bangladesh's success in controlling the HIV/AIDS diseases.
Later, WHO Director Shekhar Saxena paid a courtesy call on the PM at her hotel in the evening.
During the meeting, Hasina informed the WHO director that her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, a psychologist, is arranging a regional conference on autism next July.