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OIC wants to replicate BD's successes in micro-financing
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), BdChronicle:
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad bin Amin Madani has sought Bangladesh's support for replicating its tremendous achievements and successes in the fields of NGO, women empowerment and micro-financing in other Muslim countries.
The OIC secretary general came up with the request when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Royal Conference Palace here on Saturday evening.
"Bangladesh has achieved impressive successes in the fields of NGO, women empowerment and micro-financing and got a huge international recognition for it .... we seek help from Bangladesh, especially the Prime Minister, to replicate this success in other Islamic and Muslim countries," he said.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
In response to the OIC secretary general's request, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh would extend support to these fields if the OIC comes up with a formal proposal to this end.
Highly lauding Bangladesh's contributions to global development, Amin Madani said his organisation is taking a fresh initiative after being encouraged with Bangladesh's this success.
The OIC secretary general also appreciated Bangladesh's progress in women empowerment under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership and said he wants to bring this issue in the OIC in a bigger way.
"We want to share Bangladesh's experiences in this regard with other Muslim countries," she said.
Hasina briefed the OIC secretary general about her government's "One House One Farm" project terming it as a 'micro-saving initiative'.
In response, the OIC Secretary General sought support from the Prime Minister on how to replicate the 'One House One Farm' initiative in other Muslim countries.
About the Palestinian issue, Amin Madani said the OIC is going to set up an office in Ramallah to extend solidarity with the Palestinian people.
He said all the OIC member states, including Bangladesh, have been invited to be present at the inaugural function of the office.
In this connection, Hasina informed that her government would send a minister-level representative to represent the country at the function.
The OIC secretary general also apprised Sheikh Hasina about the outcome of the last OIC Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey, and said he has taken some initiatives for ensuring peace, security and development in the OIC countries.
He also briefed the Prime Minister on how to boost the intra OIC trade.
Later, Sheikh Talal bin Ahmad Al Aqeel, advisor to the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, met the Prime Minister at Royal Conference Palace.
During the meeting, Aqeel highly appreciated Bangladesh government's initiatives for expansion of Islam in the country and termed the Muslims of Bangladesh as good Muslims.