Press Release on July 7, 2008
Visit to Bangladesh by Professor Ole Danbolt Mjøs, Chairman, Norwegian Nobel Committee and Ms. Bente Erichsen, Director, Nobel Peace Center, Norway 15 – 20 July 2008 to Grameen Bank
The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Professor Ole Danbolt Mjøs and Ms Bente Erichsen Director of the Nobel Peace Center are due to arrive in Dhaka on 15 July 2008 for the inauguration of the Exhibition on the Nobel Peace Prize in Bangladesh.
Professor Muhammad and Grameen Bank received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in December 2006. As part of the events to celebrate the prize, the Nobel Peace Center organised an exhibition in Oslo portraying the work of Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank. The exhibition was inaugurated in Oslo by Professor Yunus during the award celebrations, and remained open for one year. At the initiative of the Nobel Peace Center and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the exhibition has now been reproduced in Dhaka by Drik Picture Library with the title ‘Jobra to Oslo’ in collaboration with the Grameen Bank. A separate exhibition of the ‘Nobel Peace Prize 2006’ medal will also be displayed at the Grameen Bank starting from 17 July 2008.
Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, Honourable Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the exhibition at the Grameen Bank headquarters on 17 July 2008. Professor Ole Danbolt Mjøs, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who expressed his deep interest to come to Bangladesh during the prize celebrations in 2006, will attend the opening as the Guest of Honour. Ms. Bente Erichsen, Director of the Nobel Peace Center will be present in the occasion as Special Guest.
Professor Ole Danbolt Mjøs and Ms. Erichsen will remain in Bangladesh from 15 – 20 July 2008. In addition to attending the opening of the exhibition, they will participate in several events organized by the Grameen Bank and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Dhaka. Among others, the program, Professor Mjøs and Ms Erichsen will visit the field sites of Grameen Bank and meet its members and see the activities that they have undertaken with the microcredit received from Grameen Bank. Grameen Bank will also host a dinner and reception for the Professor Mjøs and Ms Erichsen, and has also arranged a public lecture for Professor Mjøs addressed to the students from various universities and colleges during their stay.
For more information on the program please contact:
Nurjahan Begum, General Manager, Grameen Bank
Phone & Fax: 880-2-8011425