Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck, President of YDF, visits BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck, the President of the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), is in Bangladesh for a five-day study tour to BRAC. Founded in 1972, BRAC is the world’s largest non-governmental de- velopment organization dedicated to alleviating poverty starting in Bangladesh and now across 11 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Accompanying Her Majesty the Queen Mother are Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, the Vice President of the YDF, and YDF officials.
Upon arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on 14 March, Her Majesty was received by Mr. Mizanur Rahman, the Secretary (Bilateral) of the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan His Excellency Jishnu Roy Choudhury, Ambassador of Bhutan to Bangladesh Her Excellency Aum Pema Choden, and officials from the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Dhaka.
Her Majesty later visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, honouring the life of the late Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Bangladesh known as the “Father of the Nation.” Her Majesty was received by Mr. Radwan Mujib Siddiq, grandson of Sheikh Mujib.
On Tuesday, 15 March, Her Majesty met with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, and BRAC’s executive management team at the BRAC Centre, the organization’s headquarters in Dhaka. In the evening, Her Majesty met Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, at the Gonobhaban, the Prime Minister’s official residence. The Honor- able Prime Minister also hosted a dinner in honour of Her Majesty.
The main purpose of Her Majesty’s visit to Bangladesh is to explore possibilities for collaboration between BRAC and the Bhutan Youth Development Fund. From 16 March onwards, Her Majesty and YDF officials continue their study trip with field visits to BRAC’s Ayesha Abed Foundation production centre and BRAC Aarong Flagship Outlet.
BRAC benefits over 138 million people worldwide through social enterprises and development programmes focused on adolescents as well as the poor. YDF seeks to establish partnerships for capacity development, joint projects, and social enterprises. Through collaboration, YDF strives to strengthen its positive impact for youth across Bhutan.