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USAID launches photography book illustrating 50yrs of US-BD partnership

  • Published at 09:20 pm June 27th, 2021
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US Ambassador Earl R Miller, right, USAID Mission Director Derrick S Brown, centre, and Economic Relation Division Joint Secretary Kabir Ahmed at the book launch ceremony in Dhaka yesterday Courtesy

US Ambassador Earl R Miller joined US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Derrick S Brown, and Economic Relation Division Joint Secretary Kabir Ahmed to launch a photography book, 'Golden Jubilee of Golden Bengal,' yesterday

The USAID has launched a photography book illustrating the longstanding partnership between the United States and Bangladesh.

US Ambassador Earl R Miller joined US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Derrick S Brown, and Economic Relation Division Joint Secretary Kabir Ahmed to launch a photography book, “Golden Jubilee of Golden Bengal,” yesterday.

The book highlights the magnitude of five decades of progress in improving health and education, enhancing disaster preparation and response, increasing productivity in agriculture, and boosting economic development, reads a press release issued yesterday.

Through imagery, the photo book commemorates Bangladesh’s 50th year of Independence and documents the journey to its many achievements.

Speaking at the launch event, Ambassador Miller said: “Today’s Bangladesh is an inspirational example of how a country, through dedication, hard work, and strong commitment, can make impressive economic progress and reduce poverty. It is a country full of enormous hope and opportunity.”

USAID Mission Director Derrick S Brown said: “Bangladesh is a real success story that has made life-changing and life-saving achievements, but don’t just take my word for it.  I hope that by publishing this book, USAID is able to vividly illustrate why Bangladesh -- the Golden Bengal -- is an example to the world.”

The US government, through USAID, has provided more than $8 billion in assistance to Bangladesh since its independence.

Additionally, the US government has committed $84 million of assistance from multiple agencies to support Covid-19 response efforts.

In 2020 alone, USAID provided over $200 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health, and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resilience to climate change.