Microfinance focus, May 8, 2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Knight Commander, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, on 6th May 2012, at the Gulshan Residence of the US ambassador of Bangladesh, Dan W Mozena. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and Muhammad Yunus, have been marked as the creators of the world’s two best organizations – BRAC and Grameen Bank.
Sir Fazle, Dr. Yunus and Secretary Clinton discussed about several national and regional issues. The prominent issues discussed were the development of Bangladesh and women’s rights and empowerment.
The discussions also centered on focusing on feasible solutions to the electricity crisis, the current political situation, mobile phone technology usage in disseminating developmental services, the country’s poverty reduction capacity, youth empowerment, development success achieved so far in Bangladesh and its enduring potential. Sir Fazle, Dr. Yunus have requested the continued support and assistance from the US in regard to these issues.
Secretary Clinton praised and appreciated the micro credit system, giving due credit to BRAC and Grameen Bank for the sustainable progress in the social structure of Bangladesh. She expressed her appreciation to both of them for their commitment and hard work towards such development work.
Bangladesh will get continued US assistance for the betterment of humanity, she assured. Secretary Clinton said that she has known Sir Fazle and Dr. Yunus for almost 25 years and honours them as “national treasures” with the hope that the Government will also treat them accordingly.
During the meeting, Secretary Clinton expressed her deep condolences to the family and friends of Mohammad Mohiuddin, BRAC’s Area Manger in the western province of Ghor, Afghanistan, who died in an armed attack on 3rd May 2012.