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Dhaka, Sunday August 21, 2005 - World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz wrapped up his first visit to South Asia as President of the World Bank with a stop in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
On arrival he had words of appreciation for the South Asian country: "I have heard some remarkable stories of success from Bangladesh – especially successes in the areas of girls' education and women’s empowerment. I hope to meet some of the citizens who represent this progress during my visit, albeit a short one."
Later, following a meeting with Finance Minister M. Saifur Rahman, Wolfowitz said, "If Bangladesh could reduce corruption and remove confrontational politics, the country could achieve up to 8 percent economic growth."
"The path to nationwide poverty reduction is not easy. But much more will be accomplished if all Bangladeshis can unite for the common purpose of the poorest people of this country," the World Bank chief told reporters after meeting Saifur.