Bangladesh to ask dev partners to align aid with FYP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 28,2020 | Updated: 14:58, Jan 28,2020


The government will propose to the donor community for aligning their aid programmes with the country’s next five-year plan that starts from July, said Economic Relations Division secretary Monwar Ahmed on Monday.

Besides, it will project the foreign aid requirement for the successful implementation of the eighth five-year plan at the two-day-long Bangladesh Development Forum in the capital on January 29-30, he told reporters at a briefing at the planning commission.

Monwar said that they would remind the donors of their commitment that they  would inform the government about the heads for which they annually disbursed US$ 350-400 million to NGOs through the NGO Bureau.

The event, according to the ERD secretary, should be treated as a platform for strengthening mutual cooperation on aid effectiveness by two sides.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the forum tomorrow morning at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will chair the inaugural session that will feature the presentation of the keynote titled ‘Effective Partnership for implementing the 8th Five-Year Plan Aiming towards Achieving SDGs’.

There will be eight working sessions to be attended by government and donor agencies officials.

The themes of the sessions would be: private sector engagement and trade facilitation; partnership for climate change and its financing; innovative financing for a self-reliant Bangladesh; rural transformation:  creating opportunity for all; health service: inclusive delivery option; energy security for sustainable growth; sustainable cities: services and protection for the vulnerable; and quality education for all: preparing for 4th industrial revolution.

A communiqué, containing necessary joint steps in each of the eight thematic areas, will be issued, said an ERD press release on the day.

The release also said that Japan International Cooperation Agency’s senior vice-president Junichi Yamada, World Bank’s South Asia vice president Hartwig Schafer and Asian Development Bank vice-president Shixin Chen would attend the event.

The last BDF meeting took place in 2018 in which some 700 local and foreign representatives took part.

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