Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said efforts would be on to transform the South Asian region into a poverty-free and developed region by maintaining friendly relations among each other.
"It is possible to alleviate the poverty of the people of South Asia by ensuring optimum utilisation of natural resources in this region," the premier said while delivering a speech at the national parade ground in presence of Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
Bidya Devi has come to Dhaka on a two-day visit to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of Banagbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
No one will deny that a huge fraction of the population in South Asia is still living below the poverty line, the Premier Sheikh Hasina said a large number of people are still going to bed every night with half-stomach or no food. Many are deprived of the minimum necessities of life.
"But the situation can be changed through concerted efforts among the nations."
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also congratulated the Nepal president on her country's achievement of the final recommendation to step-up to a developing country.
It is possible to alleviate the poverty of the people of South Asia by ensuring optimum utilization of the natural resources that are naturally endowed in this region, she said.
"We will continue our efforts to transform the region into a poverty-free developed region by maintaining friendly relations with each other."