World Bank President Jim Young Kim visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka on Monday.
An official of the Museum said that Kim arrived at the Museum at around 10: 30am and stayed nearly an hour, visiting every part of the Museum, reports bdnews24.com.
The architect of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was assassinated along with most of his family members on the fateful night of Aug 15, 1975 in that house.
His daughters Sheikh Hasina, current prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana were saved because they were abroad at that time.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq, son of Rehana, received him and later guided him during the visit.
Kim came to Dhaka on Sunday “to see firsthand the progress Bangladesh has made in transitioning successfully to a lower-middle income country”.
“Bangladesh has had remarkable success in bringing down the number of people living in poverty by almost half and its innovations are well known – many countries have learned from them,” he said in a statement, before his arrival.
“I am eager to hear how the World Bank Group can work with Bangladesh to promote private sector investment by strengthening governance and improving the investment climate. There is also much to do by increasing investment in infrastructure, human development, and climate change,” he said.
However, his visit is also being seen by many including WB officials to smoothen the strained relations with Bangladesh over the Padma Bridge financing.
Kim, at a press conference on Monday after meeting Finance Minister AMA Muhith, however, promised to increase World Bank’s assistance to Bangladesh by 50 percent.
He will also deliver a speech in the afternoon, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also be present. –RH