The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau (May 30) :
Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) lauded the dynamic leadership of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on attaining food security for 165 million people of the country, despite being one of the top ten most populous countries in the world. He shared his deep appreciation on 28 May 2021 during the virtual ceremony which marked the presentation of the Letter of Credence by Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy, accrediting him as the Permanent Representative to FAO.
Recognizing FAO’s valuable contribution in Bangladesh on food and nutrition security, food safety, agro environment and smallholders farm productivity over the last 40 years through various programmes/projects and even during the challenging period of COVID-19, Ambassador Ahsan appreciated FAO for their active support to develop the agriculture sector transformation plan in Bangladesh.
While thanking the Director-General to nominate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Co-chair of the “One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)”, Ambassador Ahsan underlined the unique position of Bangladesh to play a leading role regionally to raise awareness and action to address AMR. He also briefed the Director-General about the 1.1 million forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals (Rohingya refugees) staying in Bangladesh and deeply appreciated FAO for supporting people in Cox’s Bazar to improve their livelihood.
The Permanent Representative invited the Director-General to the 36th Asia Pacific FAO Regional Conference (APRC) scheduled to be held from 8-11 March 2022 in Bangladesh, which he accepted.