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Bradford community leaders back from Bangladesh on successful delegation trip

Community leaders from Bradford are back from their trip to Bangladesh.

Community leaders from Bradford are back from their trip to Bangladesh where they visited Rohingya refugee camps and explored the business, healthcare, education, sanitation, and sports sectors in the country through a Yorkshire-based charity.

The trip which was 100% self-funded was organised by Eden Project.

Eden Project is one of the leading sports engagement programmes that promote the values of international sports engagement and sustainable supply chains.

Eden Project’s last delegation to Bangladesh was in February 2019, which included the former Lord Mayor of Bradford, the late Cllr Abid Hussain.

The lord mayor of Bradford, Cllr Shabir Hussain, led the delegation.

The delegation team includes the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Shabir Hussain, and the former Mayor of Keighley, Fulzar Ahmed.

Also making the trip is Dr Manoj Joshi DL – who was recently appointed as the new chair of Bradford’s Economic Partnership, Councillor Ashraf Miah, Nigel Wood OBE, Chairman of Bradford Bulls, Humayun Islam BEM, Shahidur Rahman, Graham Swain, Bhavna Joshi, Dr Fereshteh Fallah, Saiful Islam (Shamim) and Ruhel Miah, amongst others.

The delegation team re-visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, official meetings with Mojibur Rahman, Mayor of Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh, a tour of Parliament in Dhaka, met with Sports Ministry and undertook a number of educational/sports initiatives in Sylhet.

The team also had official meetings with ministers, mayors, Rotary clubs and leading dignitaries.

Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Shabir Hussain, said: “The delegation trip was a great opportunity to strengthen existing links between Bradford and Bangladesh and to leverage more business, sports and cultural benefits.

“I am delighted to have led this civic delegation to Bangladesh.”

The delegation met with Rohingya refugees on the trip.

The Eden Project represents a number of organisations across the UK in providing information and practical solutions towards increased sustainability for the sports industry.

It is represented by a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of sports engagement.

One of the organisation’s prime objectives is to expand the level of cooperation and contribute to prosperous and responsible business relations.

Cllr Ashraf Miah said: “On behalf of the Eden Project, we would like to thank Mr Kazi Ziaul Hasan, Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner of Manchester, and his staff for the exceptional support they have provided.

“We have built a strong foundation and created partnerships with Central/local governments of Bangladesh with Bradford.”

Fulzar Ahmed added: “I am really pleased to announce that the Eden Project delegation team has visited Bangladesh for the second time.

“Bangladesh has an impressive track record of growth and poverty reduction. It has been among the fastest-growing economies in the world over the past decade.”

 

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