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Bangladesh will receive additional funding from South Asia Climate Fund being formed by US and other partner countries and private corporations. This was stated by Mr. Mike Froman, Deputy Assistant to the US President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs and Chief Negotiator of President Barack Obama on Climate Change and Environmental issues.
Mr. Froman disclosed this when he received Hon’ble Speaker of Bangladesh Mr. Abdul Hamid Advocate, MP at the US National Security Council today. Mr. Froman assured Bangladesh Speaker that President Obama is personally pursuing this idea of “South Asia Climate Fund” and would like to help Bangladesh to face the challenges of Climate Change. Mr. Froman was highly appreciative of the role played by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Copenhagen Summit and was impressed to see how well Bangladesh Prime Minister represented the interests of Bangladesh and that of the developing world.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Kenneth D. Wollack, President of National Democratic Institute (NDI) called on Speaker Hamid at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC and discussed avenues to help Member of Parliaments in Bangladesh to deliver their services better. Elaborating on initiatives under taken by the current parliament to make functioning of the parliament more transparent and accountable, Speaker Hamid requested NDI President to consider funding an Internship scheme, whereby young students of Bangladesh will work for Members in the Bangladesh Parliament and thereby help delivering their legislative responsibilities better.