President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, on Saturday urged Lions and other welfare organisations to step forward to cooperate in realising the government-taken initiatives to turn the country into a middle income one by 2021.
He made this call while inaugurating the 27th Annual Convention of Lions Club International Multiple District-315, Bangladesh at a city hotel.
“I hope we will be able to build Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal) soon, if we work for improvement of the fate of general people,” the president said.
He stated the government has achieved notable success in education, health and women empowerment and Bangladesh has already made significant success in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“Role of different organisations and social bodies side by side the government is very important for making all out development of the nation,” the president added.
Lion members have adequate opportunities and abilities to work for the country’s socio-economic development, he observed.
The Lions Club International is the largest welfare oriented organisation in the world with 14 lakh members under 46,000 clubs in 209 countries. Presently the numbers of Lions in Bangladesh are 13,000 and Leos are 6,000, the convention revealed.
Council Chairperson of the district Dr SM Zaglul A Mojumder, FBCCI President Qazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, past international directors Sheikh Kabir Hossain and Moslem Ali Khan and convention chairman Altaf Hossain Biswas, among others, also spoke on the occasion.