UN Assistant Secretary-General Haoliang Xu visits Bangladesh, attends LDC Graduation

26 Mar 2018

Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme, visited Bangladesh from 22 - 25 March 2018 at the invitation of  the Government of Bangladesh to participate in the celebratory events around Bangladesh’s prospective graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status.

During a press conference, Mr. Haoliang Xu said, "Bangladesh has reached a significant milestone in meeting all criteria for graduating from Least Developed Country status."

“While there is still much to do, Bangladesh is embarking on a new chapter in its development with expectations of continued strong economic growth,” said Mr. Xu. “Based on current estimates and with sustained progress it will graduate in 2024. As part of the transition it is important for Bangladesh to work to escape the middle-income trap by focusing on necessary structural transformation, innovation, increasing productivity, improving governance and lowering inequality. “We need to continue to work together with the government and other partners for a smooth transition to graduation and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”, added Mr. Xu.

During his visit to Bangladesh, Mr. Xu attended the LDC Graduation ceremony and participated in the workshop titled “Bangladesh Graduation from LDC Status: Opportunities and Way Forward” organized by the Economic Relations Division and chaired by the Finance Minister Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. Other speakers at these events included United Nations Under Secretary-General Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utokamanu, Secretary-General’s High Representative for LDCs, Land-locked Development Countries and SIDS.

As part of his visit, Mr. Xu also visited Teknaf to witness first-hand the situation at the Rohingya refugee camp and to learn more about the impact of the situation on the local community. Mr. Xu commended the Government of Bangladesh as well as the local community for sheltering the large influx of Rohingya.

Mr. Xu's visit to Bangladesh was coverd by various national media:

Transition from LDC: Bangladesh faces lots of challenges : Says UN assistant secretary general (Daily Star, Bangladesh)

Bangladesh on right track to address challenges: Says UN assistant secretary general (Daily Sun, Bangladesh)

Work together to escape middle-income trap: UN to BD : It ‘giving strong message to global investors’ thru’ progress (United News Bangladesh)

UN suggests BD Work together to escape middle-income trap (New Nation, Bangladesh)

Lots need to be done for sustainable transition from LDC: UN official (Prothom Alo, Bangladesh)

UN to Bangladesh: Work together to escape middle-income trap (Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh)

UNDP Regional Director Haoliang Xu in city (Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, Bangladesh)

Work together to escape middle-income trap: UN tells Bangladesh (News Today, Bangladesh)

Work together to break away from middle-income trap: UN to BD (Financial Express, Bangladesh)

Bangladesh on right track to make achievement sustainable: UN (Independent, Bangladesh)

Despite challenges, Bangladesh will benefit from LDC graduation: UN(Bdnews24.com, Bangladesh)

Domestic resources dominate dev finance  (Asian Age, Bangladesh)

Work together to escape middle-income trap: UN to BD (Daily Ittefaq, Bangladesh)

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