Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought more support from the development partners to keep up the country’s development spree and make it (development) sustainable, urging them not to impose so many conditions in this regard.
“We’ve taken many steps for further uplift of the country and we hope that our development partners will continue to extend their assistance by not giving many conditions so that we could complete all our programmes smoothly,” she told the inaugural session of the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here this morning.
Reiterating her determination to advance the country further, Sheikh Hasina said her government wants to make sustainable the development works that it (government) launched.
“To make the (uplift) works durable, economic solvency is a must, and in this case, I think that our development partners will come forward and extend support (to us),” she said.
The premier went on saying: “Besides they (development partners) don’t have any hesitation in extending cooperation to any country if it’s successful and they show more interest to help that country….I hope, it’ll happen.”
The Economic Relations Division (ERD) under the Ministry of Finance has organised the two-day flagship event to highlight the formulation of the ensuing eighth Five Year Plan and the ways forward of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before the development partners.
The slogan of the forum is “Effective Partnership for Sustainable Development”.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presided over the inaugural session of the forum.
Senior Vice President of JICA Junichi Yamada, VicePresident of World Bank for the South Asian region Hartwig Schafer and Vice President of Asian Development Bank Shixin Chen also spoke at the event.
UN Resident Coordinator and Co-chair of Local Consultative Group Mia Seppo and ERD Secretary and also Co-chair of Local Consultative Group Monowar Ahmad delivered the welcome remarks.
Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members, foreign diplomats and representatives of international development partners and high civil and military officials attended the inaugural function._BSS.