Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and due to the invaluable effort given by the citizens of this country every day, Bangladesh has made progress in leaps and bounds.
So much so that we will no longer be a least developed country in the near future, but one that is developing, on the path towards being considered a developed nation.
To that end, the PM’s words, delivered at the International Mother Language Institute, show determination in making Bangladesh completely free of poverty and hunger.
While Bangladesh’s potential for success has never been in doubt, we must remember that this has required immense effort -- the cumulative effect of the countless sacrifices made by our predecessors.
We must also remember that this journey has been fraught with immense obstacles, some of which still remain.
This has been further evidenced by the ongoing crisis in our education sector, which has vast room for improvement.
Always looming, of course, is also the issue of climate change. With Bangladesh being one of the countries most vulnerable to its adverse effects, have we done enough to ensure that our people are not forced to move, that our crops are protected, and that our people do not continue to suffer?
In many ways, Bangladesh has done more than anyone had ever expected when we first came into being 46 years ago. Nowhere is this more evident than in the shelter we have provided the Rohingya when no other nation would.
But, we must take it a step at a time.
At the end of the day, being “developed” as a nation will amount to nothing if there are those amongst us who continue to be oppressed and ignored.
For this, not only do we need to ensure that we develop our infrastructure and economy, but also that there is no man, woman, or child left unfed and unprotected.