Saturday, March 24, 2018 01:53:00 PM
Kazi Zahidul Hasan :
The crucial meeting of Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) begins today (Sunday) after a five-year gap.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith will chair the two-day meet.
Representatives from all the development partners, organizations, economists and senior government officials are expected to take part in the meet organised by the Economic Relations Division (ERD).
The last BDF meeting was held in 2010. "The government will place its development blueprint to the donors at the meeting and discuss the country's development agenda there," a senior ERD official told The New Nation on Saturday.
He said, Bangladesh has already adopted its Seventh Five Year Plan (SFYP) and the government would apprise the donors about it. It would require billions of dollars for implementation.
The plan is the key document wherein development plans and required investment are elaborated. It would guide Bangladesh in rising to the status of middle-income country by 2021.
"At the meeting, we will seek $4.0 billion annual funding assistance from the foreign financiers to implement the plan," he said.
The ERD official further said, if they extend the support, this will facilitate the country's infrastructure development and poverty alleviation.
The last BDF was held in Dhaka on February 15-16, 2010. And since then, different hassles have held back the development forum, formerly known as Paris Consortium.
The BDF has not been held up for five years due to lukewarm relations of the government with some donors, especially with the World Bank over the alleged Padma Bridge scam, as well as the political turmoil.
"We will seek technical and financial assistance from the bilateral and multilateral donors agencies at the BDF meet. At the same time, we will also discuss economic governance issues there," State Minister of Finance M A Mannan told The New Nation yesterday.
He said, during the meet, the government would also share its national vision and key development priorities with the development partners.
"The meeting also provides an exceptional opportunity to discuss how to take forward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), earlier adopted by the global community at the national level," he added.
When asked, the State Minister said, "Support from donors is crucial because it will help us to achieve double-digit GDP growth and cut the poverty rate to 10 per cent by 2021".
MEDIA reports on Friday said depositors in Farmers Bank have filed complaints with the Bangladesh Bank for failing to repay their deposits on maturity to the tune of around Tk 884 crore. It is feared more such complaints may continue to pour into the central bank as Farmers Bank's financial ...
Actor Kiara Advani is on a career high - she's shot for a Karan Johar film, her Telugu debut with south superstar Mahesh Babu is releasing soon, she'll start shooting for another Telugu film with Ram Charan Teja, and there are rumours that she will soon sign Housefull 4 too. ...
Reuters, Brussels :European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and recalled their envoy to Moscow in a symbolic protest.The show of support from the EU, at a time when Britain is grappling with its departure ...
ECONOMISTS have asked for easing the cost of doing business and implement massive regulatory reforms to create a business friendly environment in the country to sustain the graduation process from the LDC status to a developing one. The emphasis came for more homework to sustain the growth at a time ...
Nora Fatehi, a self-taught belly dancing sensation has become a viral star because of her mesmerizing dance moves. With over 4.5 Million views on her videos on youtube, this star is taking the internet by storm. Her last video where she swayed to the moves of Swag Se Swagat from ...
AP, New York :UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced alarm yesterday over allegations of chemical attacks in Syria and urged the Security Council to take action to address "such serious crimes."The appeal came after Guterres met on Tuesday with the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), ...
TWO years have elapsed after the murder of college student Tonu, and justice seems elusive for her family. Investigators claimed to have failed to identify any suspect, let alone arrest any. But many believe powerful quarters in the Comilla cantonment area are stalling the progress. The investigators have repeatedly come ...
Katrina Kaif has secured the top spot in a list of popular Bollywood actress outside India, according to a study. She is followed by Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kajol.The findings are a part of consumption trend study done by Spuul, a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platforms for ...