“Bangladesh as a model of positive change”

British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson said Bangladesh has become a model of positive transformation, while continuing to face political and governance challenges as a dynamic and independent nation.

He made the remarks in a statement yesterday, marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and the UK, mentioning how proud the UK is of the trip.

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He recalled Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic trip to the UK in January 1972 and his meeting with British Prime Minister Edward Heath before returning to his newly born home from Pakistani prison.

This trip forged a new friendship and accelerated the recognition of Bangladesh as an independent nation.

Dickson noted that the contribution to humanitarian relief was the initial support in Bangladesh, but later shifted to research, health, education, disaster risk reduction, poverty alleviation and l empowerment of women.

As Bangladesh continued to grow, the UK diversified its relationship by helping to build the capacity of Bangladeshi military personnel, police and government officials.

Meanwhile, many Bangladeshis have made the UK their home. Today, around 6,00,000 people of Bangladeshi origin live in the UK.

Rebecca R. Santistevan