Diplomatic Correspondent: USAID’s Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman is now visiting Bangladesh as part of her tri-nation tour. After wrapping up her Bangladesh tour (May 7-11), she will travel to Thailand and Laos, according to USAID.
During her Asian tour, she will assess the needs of regional humanitarian crises, including the Rohingya refugee problem.
The United States appreciates Bangladesh’s compassion and humanitarian response to support over one million Rohingya refugees currently living in Cox’s Bazar district and Bhasan Char Island. On April 4, USAID’s Administrator Samantha Power met with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and discussed Rohingya refugee policies, joint climate action to promote clean energy solutions, and methods for improving Bangladesh’s business environment and galvanizing investment. Administrator Power and Minister Momen commemorated 50 years of Bangladesh-US bilateral relations and reaffirmed their longstanding partnership on development.
The Administrator celebrated the strides Bangladesh has made in health and economic development with the United States at their side, and noted Bangladesh’s promising path to achieve upper middle-income country status over the next ten years.
During her trip, Coleman will also advance the United States’ partnership with ASEAN member countries, including Thailand and Laos, on the shared priorities of COVID-19, climate action, economic recovery efforts, and inclusive development. Throughout the trip, she will also meet with women leaders and entrepreneurs, and local climate and health experts on the frontline of the global COVID-19 response.
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