Bangladesh has been elected the chairman of the coordination council of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Foreign Affairs Advisor Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury will discharge the responsibilities of the chairman of the 50-member LDC forum. He formally took over the charges on Friday from outgoing chairman Moussa Okanla, foreign minister of Benin.
After assuming the office, the foreign adviser expressed his happiness for being elected to lead the group of 50 LDCs. He said that he was aware of immense responsibilities which he would need to carry out. Iftekhar said that the first challenge before them is to implement the Brussels programme on the LDCs, adopted unanimously by the international community in 2001.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister added that alongside the fulfillment of developed nations’ commitments, targets for removing poverty and attaining economic progress should be fulfilled.