Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tsh­er­ing Pem Wangchuck, Pres­i­dent of YDF, vis­its BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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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.

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