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UK’s Permanent Secretary for DFID arrives in Bangladesh

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Mark Lowcock, UK’s Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development arrives in Bangladesh.

Mark Lowcock, UK Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development (DFID) has arrived in Dhaka today to see how UKaid is contributing to growth and poverty reduction to help the people of Bangladesh. This is his second visit to Bangladesh.

During his visit, Mark will meet a diverse range of people, including senior government officials, partners, beneficiaries, youth leaders and members of the international and business communities to share views on the development agenda and discuss how UKaid can help Bangladesh reduce poverty and achieve its ambition to become a middle-income country.

His visit will also include listening to young girls and women who have set up their own businesses and learned new vocational skills as a direct result of UKaid programmes. Empowering girls and women is at the front and centre of UK government’s priorities on development.

The UK government is the largest bilateral donor in Bangladesh with an aid programme which directly helps millions of the poorest people in the country.

Background Information:

  • Mark Lowcock is Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development (DFID). He was appointed on 9 June 2011. The Permanent Secretary is the most senior Civil Servant in the department. He began his career in DFD (formally the Overseas Development)
  • Mark Lowcock last visited Bangladesh in 2011.
  • For detailed information on our programmes, and what the UK spends on development in Bangladesh, see the DFID Bangladesh operational plan 2014. See also our development tracker to explore international development projects funded by the UK Government by country and sector.
  • Mark is active on Twitter: @DFID_Mark