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Leading from the front

  • Published at 05:43 pm December 6th, 2018
Sheikh Hasina
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Even more important than our economic achievements is the humanitarian example Bangladesh has set

The annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women is out, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina continues to climb the list, from 36th in 2016, to 30th in 2017, to 26th this year.

This comes as no surprise: Her ascent is due to Bangladesh’s many recent achievements, chief among which is the exemplary response to the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh following the atrocities against them by the Myanmar regime.

To that end, it is encouraging to see Forbes recognize the effort, and indeed the influence, that Bangladesh is having on the world.

And the world is right to take note of the stellar job that Bangladesh continues to do with the Rohingya crisis, and how the prime minister, together with her government, and all the other parties and agencies involved, continue to make important, difficult decisions to find solutions.

Over the past decade or so, Bangladesh has, no doubt, made unprecedented strides in a myriad of sectors -- we are on the cusp of realizing a long-standing dream, that of shedding the LDC tag and becoming a developing country. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s inclusion in this prestigious list highlights that Bangladesh is now being considered an important player in the global arena, as we should be, being the eighth largest country in the world by population.

But possibly even more important than our economic achievements is the humanitarian example Bangladesh has set under PM Hasina’s leadership, and in that regard, we are a model for the world to follow.