Confusion over South-South awardStaff Correspondent
Confusion has arisen over ruling Awami League’s claim that prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been given for the second time the South-South Award on October 23.
South-South News honorary president ambassador Francis Lorenzo handed over an award to Hasina on September 23. The Awami League leaders and state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha said it was South-South Award.
South-South News, a digital media platform for facilitating, connecting and publishing news reports on various efforts in sustainable economic and social development, was one of the co-organisers of South-South Awards 2013.
The Awami League and its front organisations on Monday accorded a civic reception at the VVIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Sheikh Hasina on her receiving the prestigious ‘South-South Award’.
‘The South-South Award is an achievement of the people and it is my only desire that we could retain the honour and dignity the people have brought for the country,’ Hasina told the reception.
According to document at www.southsouthawards.com accessed on October 1, this year’s South-South Awards on Global Governance Leadership recipients include: Laura Chinchilla Miranda, president of Costa Rica; Khalifa bin Salman Al- Khalifa, prime minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, prime minister of Fiji. The Global Governance Leadership Awards are presented to individuals who have made distinctive contributions to sustainable development, the youth, e-governance, and information and communications technology. Other award recipients this year include Nelson Mandela, Madame Graça Machel and David Paich.
Hasina, however, was given South-South Award last year.
When the attention of Awami League joint-general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif was drawn to the confusion over the prime minister’s receiving South-South Award 2013, he said, ‘So far as I know, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been given South-South Award for the second time.’
Asked about the difference between South-South Awards 2013 and the award given by South-South News honorary president to the prime minister, Hanif on Tuesday told New Age, ‘They are the same.’
The prime minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, however, told New Age that the award which was given to the prime minister on September 23 was different from South-South Award. He, however, could not name the award the prime minister had received.
‘She [prime minister] received the award for [her government’s] contribution to poverty alleviation through innovation and technology,’ Iqbal added.
The South-South Awards, now in its third year, was co-organised by the International Telecommunication Union, the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, the United Nations Public Administration Network, the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development, and the International Organisation for South-South Cooperation and South-South News.
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