Dhaka, Bangladesh
Moving ahead govt dev vision, agenda aimed at

BDF meet begins today

Moving ahead govt dev vision, agenda aimed at

Aimed at moving ahead the development vision and agenda of the government in line with the seven five-year plan, the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF)-2015 meeting starts today (Sunday), reports BSS. In the BDF meeting, which is taking place just after world leaders launches the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Bangladesh would put efforts to increase the involvement of partners in its development programmes. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the meeting tomorrow morning in the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). “The government is organizing the meeting to move forward the sustainable development and implementation initiatives by the participation of more donors,” said Economic Relations Division (ERD) Senior Secretary Mohammad Mejbahuddin at a press conference today at NEC-II conference room at She-e-Bangla Nagar. He said Bangladesh would tell the development partner countries and organizations about its necessity to carry on the development activities. “We will try how we can mobilize resources especially from the foreign sources,” added ERD Secretary. The meet being organized by ERD, representatives from all the development partner countries and organizations are expected to take part in it. Local Consultative Group (LCG) is coordinating the meet on behalf of the donors. On the other hand, joining of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) President Jin Liqun is adding special significance for the BDF-2015. Jin Liqun, who would lead a five-member delegation, is scheduled to address the inaugural session. According to ERD officials, AIIB is developing a fund of $ 50,000 crore for its member countries, and how Bangladesh could avail of special benefits from the fund would be discussed in the meeting. Vice- President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Wencai Zhang would also speak in the opening session. On behalf of the donors, Janina Jaruzelski, Head of Mission USAID Bangladesh and Co-chair of LCG, said the development partners are looking for very fruitful discussion for building best relationship with Bangladesh. “In the BDF meeting, we will look forward to talking about what we can do to build a wonderful progress assisting the government to its ongoing efforts for inclusive growth,” she added. In the meeting, the key note session will be devoted to “Macro- economic management: A journey from lower to higher middle income country through an inclusive growth strategy ensuring SDGs”. This will be followed by six thematic working sessions centering on the 7th Five Year Plan and SDG implementation. The themes of these working sessions will be: agriculture, food security and climate change; strengthening economic foundations: strategies for development of infrastructure; governance and development: strengthening partnership for effective development cooperation; health and quality education: offering a secure future for all; social protection: leaving no one behind; and mainstreaming gender in economic development. Working session will be chaired by Ministers and bring together development partners, civil society, private sector and various government institutions for an exchange on necessary actions to implement the Five Year Plan and achieve SDGs. It will conclude with an outcome document spelling out necessary joint steps in each of these six thematic areas. Moreover, a development fair has also been organized in the BICC premise where government, non-government, business organizations and donors will take part at 41 stalls. Development activities of Bangladesh will be showcased before the guests at the stalls. On the last day of the meeting, Finance Minister AMA Muhith would announce the outcome of BDF-2015. The last BDF meeting was held in February 2010 in Dhaka.

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