Washington, DC, March 7, 2013 — On February 27, The Asia Foundation hosted Ambassador Dan W. Mozena, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. for a breakfast discussion on “Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities,” where Ambassador Mozena provided an update on political and economic developments in the country.
In the three decades since independence, Bangladesh has made tremendous improvements in basic infrastructure, social services, and economic opportunities. In part, due to a strong civil society and a commitment by its political and religious leaders, Bangladesh continues to expand opportunities to its 150+ million citizens. Yet, Bangladesh still faces many challenges. Climate change is having an impact on its eco-system, and overcrowding of its urban centers combined with low income levels means many continue to live in poverty. During the breakfast forum, Ambassador Mozena addressed these issues and provided insight into Bangladesh’s developments, challenges, and opportunities.
Dan W. Mozena became U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh in November 2011. He previously served in Bangladesh as Political/Economic Counselor from 1998-2001. A member of Senior Foreign Service, Mozena was U.S. Ambassador to Angola from 2007-2010. His previous postings include New Delhi, Islamabad, Lusaka and Kinshasa. The year prior to returning to Bangladesh, Mozena was a professor at the National War College. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Iowa, Mozena served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire after receiving degrees from Iowa State University and later the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Asia Foundation has been working in Bangladesh since 1954. Today the Foundation’s programs focus on promoting fair elections, effectiveness and transparency of the parliament, giving voice to rural micro enterprise, assisting the disadvantaged in accessing justice, building trust between police and communities, engaging religious and secular leaders to advance national development efforts, and promoting pragmatic dialogue on Bangladesh-India relations.
Read more in an exclusive Q & A with Ambassador Mozena in an upcoming edition of In Asia, The Asia Foundation’s highly regarded weekly blog.