PV Desk : Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen today said the country witnessed unprecedented development in the last 10 years.

“The GDP growth rate of Bangladesh is the highest among the 45 Asia Pacific countries. We brought down the poverty rate to half in the last decade,” he said.

The foreign minister was addressing a function marking the distribution of “Abu Ahmad Abdul Hafiz and Syeda Shahar Banu Chowdhury Stipend and Sylhet Gourab Sammanona” at Bangladesh Shishu Academy in the city, said a press release.

Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith addressed the function organized by the Protibha Bkash Bangladesh with its Chairman ASA Muizer in the chair, the release said.

Noting that there is no scope for Bangladesh to suffer from self-satisfaction, Momen said still several crores of people are living under poverty line and added the Awami League government wants to bring down the poverty rate by five percent in the next five years.

About the award distribution programme, the foreign minister said the country will go ahead if the footprints of the dignitaries are followed.

“If we work with patriotism for the country’s welfare, it will be possible to build the country as “Sonar Bangla”, dreamt by Bangabandhu (Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman),” he added.