Rather than saying “tiny Bangladesh” or “poor Bangladesh,” U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena said he considers Bangladesh as the country with the eighth largest population, the third largest Muslim population and one with deep strategic interest to America.
He was addressing non-resident Bangladeshis in the San Francisco Bay Area during a town-hall meeting organized by Agami, a San FranciscoBay area-based non-profit organization working to promote education for the underprivileged children in Bangladesh.
The meeting was also addressed by Congressman Mike Honda; Eric Eide, Outreach Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State; Abu Md. Hasan, convener of Agami; and Murshida Irene Chowdhury of Agami.
In his speech, Mozena expressed his confidence in the continuing growth of Bangladesh and believes that, when compared to India and China, the creativity of the young generation in Bangladesh will help them greatly in contributing to the IT sector.
Mozena noted the progress Bangladesh has made in different industrial sectors, such as ready-made garments, leather, generic drugs and agriculture.
However, Mozena showed his frustration at the lack of attention given in improving the quality of spoken English that would otherwise earn substantial foreign currency through call centers.
Mozena also said that, “without a single exception,” the 450 RMG factories in Bangladesh should immediately comply with international standards in terms of fire security, workplace environment and wage and benefits.
The ambassador urged the NRBs to contribute more to the development activities in Bangladesh, urging the audience to share their success stories with the residents of Bangladesh to show that success does not necessarily require corruption.