Wednesday 29, June 2022

PM seeks ADB support to complete Delta Plan 2100

News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement Delta Plan-2100, saying, "It is very important for Bangladesh".

The premier made the request when Vice President of ADB (Operations-1) Shixin Chen paid a courtesy call on her at her official Gono Bhaban residence in the capital this morning.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told a media briefing after the meeting.

The prime minister also sought ADB support to foster regional cooperation particularly in the areas of connectivity, trade and energy cooperation during the meeting.

The ADB vice president assured of working with Bangladesh in its development efforts.

"We have strong ties with Bangladesh and ADB will be with Bangladesh and continue to give support to both rural and urban development," he said.

The ADB vice president commanded the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina to keep the wheels of Bangladesh's economy rolling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also said his organisation expected that Bangladesh may achieve seven percent GDP growth.

Shixin Chen has praised the overall development of Bangladesh, saying, "Bangladesh is now going through a transitional period (due to its graduation as a developing nation) which is usually critical. But Bangladesh is doing well."

The prime minister said her government has taken programmes to produce more food replying to ADB vice president's projection that the world may face food shortage due to the Russia-Ukraine war.

Sheikh Hasina said that the ICT sector of the country is developing.

Regarding the regional connectivity for development, she said Bangladesh has opened the door for improving connectivity.

In this connection, she said the routes, those were shut after 1965 war, are being reopened.

The premier sought deployment of Bangladeshi senior officials in the top management and administration of ADB to maintain regional balance in recruitment.

The ADB vice president said that Bangladesh has set one of the best examples to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Bangladesh has achieved huge development in the agriculture sector, he also said.

The economic zones, which are being set up across Bangladesh, will meet the demands of domestic and international markets, he hoped.

He expressed ADB's interest to help Bangladesh in the social protection programmes.


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