Today Rory Stewart, the UK Minister of State for International Development, arrived in Dhaka to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to support Bangladesh to become an economically prosperous and developed nation.
During his visit, the minister will assess the latest progress made by UK aid in support of the Government of Bangladesh’s aim to achieve middle income status within the next decade. UK support is helping to build a safer, healthier and more prosperous world which is firmly in the interests of both countries.
The minister will meet a range of people including the top government officials, development partners, civil society, the business community and most importantly ordinary Bangladeshis who have benefitted from the UK’s support.
On arrival Rory Stewart said:
“The UK and Bangladesh have a longstanding, close friendship built on a shared history and mutual interests including development, bilateral trade, and security.
“During this visit I look forward to strengthening the UK’s bond with Bangladesh further. The UK cares deeply about the Bangladeshi people and will continue to support their efforts to create a more peaceful and prosperous future, which is firmly in our two countries’ interest.”
Note to editor
Rory Stewart was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 17 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border in May 2010.
Rory served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from May 2015 until July 2016.