US envoy: Bangladesh one of world’s great success stories

Since 1971, USAID has provided more than $7 billion to Bangladesh in development assistance

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller has said Bangladesh is one of the most valued partners of the United States and one of the world’s great development success stories.

“I am proud of what our two countries are achieving together,” he said adding that two-way trade between Bangladesh and the US totalled $8.2 billion in 2018, double what it was only a few years back, reports UNB.

The US ambassador was addressing a reception in the city on Wednesday marking the 243rd US Independence Day, celebrated every year on July 4.

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque attended the event as the chief guest.

Representatives of Bangladesh government, diplomats stationed in Dhaka, and senior journalists were also present at the event.

Miller said: “Security and military relationship between the two countries is stronger than ever adding that the US is the leading contributor of humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya crisis, providing more than $541 million since August 2017.

“The US salutes the people of Bangladesh for opening their borders and hearts to over one million persecuted Rohingyas.”

“American companies produce more than half of Bangladesh’s natural gas, build power plants, supply locomotives, and train thousands of Bangladeshi workers to the highest international standards,” said the US envoy.

“Since 1971, USAID has provided more than $7 billion to Bangladesh in development assistance, including $219 million in 2018, to promote economic opportunities, effective health, and education service, food security, and responsiveness to climate change and natural disasters.

“In partnership, we provide assistance to improve local governance, address gender-based violence, empower women, and combat human trafficking,” he added.

Emphasizing on people-to-people ties, Miller said: “This remains the heart of enduring support for one another.”

“There are over 200,000 Bangladeshis in America. Some 7,500 Bangladeshi students study in  American college campuses each year,” he added.