Sep 26, 2000, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9057508
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.said he of role vital the acknowledges world the said Mahathir Dr facility micro-credit with and alleviation, poverty in women rural .points entry at money to access gain to able are women their bring to only not capability their to lead will This" political and economic achieve to but poverty, of out families "communities, their and villages their homes, their within empowerment .added he institution, micro-credit Bangladesh the commended Mahathir Dr has which Bangladesh, of Bank Grammen the by spearheaded .country their in areas rural in life revolutionized infrastructure communication basic provided has Bank Grameen The Grammen and telephones solar-powered Grameen the as such facilities .Internet such emulate to RSC-AP of leaders urged minister prime The .women rural amongst poverty alleviate to order in program between partnership smart through achieved be can Much" development and donors international governments, organizations, and poverty reduce help will this that adding said, he "agencies, women rural of living of standards the of improvement an to lead ".countries their in of eradication the said speech, her in Hasmah, Siti Dr Meanwhile, Asia in women rural by faced problems inter-related its and poverty .meeting the of theme the is Pacific the and rural of health are discussed be to issues other said She STDs, as such diseases communicable of impact and counselling women, .AIDs and HIV said she RSC-AP, the by played role the of background a Giving .ladies first 16 some comprises membership the far so that to specially countries other to membership expand to hope We" .said she "concerns, our share who those speeding for government national the urged also Hasmah Siti Dr .women poor for program action affirmative the of implementation end will RSC-AP of chairperson as tenure her although said She the in introduced be will activities more that hopes she 2001, on .countries member in and region villages in poverty of eradication the be to remains target Our" .added she "women, rural poor the help and Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Krygystan, of comprises RSC-AP The Indonesia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Maldives, Mongolia, and Guinea New Papua Australia, Vietnam, Philippines, the Malaysia, .Tonga BN/LS/YS End