Bangladesh PM orders preparing another stimulus plan

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:03, Dec 24,2020 | Updated: 00:11, Dec 24,2020


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned particularly the finance ministry to prepare another plan of a stimulus package to effectively fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She gave the directive from a meeting to finalise the eighth Five-Year plan (2021-2025) at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka.

PM’s deputy press secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher briefed the media after the meeting.

Planning Commission (General Economics Division) member and senior secretary Shamsul Alam made the presentation of the final draft of the eighth five-year plan with a slogan ‘Towards the prosperity with all’ in the meeting.

The eighth five-year plan is scheduled to get its final approval in the next ECNEC meeting. The prime minister has given necessary directions after witnessing the presentation on the plan.

The head of the state has suggested the Planning Commission to highlight strategies and action plans separately in the eighth five-year plan.

Sheikh Hasina informed the meeting of a roadmap prepared by herself regarding the country’s development while she was in jail during the 1/11 caretaker government.

She asked all concerned to create a strong internal market alongside expanding the regional and international markets for the local products.

Cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam, PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, Bangladesh Bank governor Fazle Kabir, Planning Commission senior secretary Md Asadul Islam and finance ministry senior secretary Abdur Rouf Talukder, among others, were present.

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