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President calls for mutual cooperation for SDGs implementation

  • Published at 06:35 pm December 10th, 2019
President Abdul Hamid
President Adbul Hamid addresses the inaugural ceremony of the Asia-Pacific conference on “Financing Inclusive and Sustainable Development” at Hotel Inter Continental in Dhaka on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 PID

It is not possible for a single country to mobilize the required funds, he said

President Abdul Hamid has called for mutual cooperation among the nations and the developed countries to be more active to mobilize required funds.

He said: " Noting that the financing gap is the main challenge for Bangladesh to attain the Agenda 2030, it is not possible for a single country to mobilize the required funds.” 

The president was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Asia-Pacific conference on “Financing Inclusive and Sustainable Development” at Hotel Inter Continental in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB. 

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Bangladesh in collaboration with UN-ESCAP, ICC, ADB and FID organized the program to celebrate 100 years of ICC.

Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh is one of the most successful countries in terms of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The dignatories present at inaugural ceremony of the Asia-Pacific conference on “Financing Inclusive and Sustainable Development” at Hotel Inter Continental in Dhaka on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | PID

The government is working actively to attain the Agenda 2030 or SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), he said, adding that the main challenge for Bangladesh as well as other developing countries is to fill the financing gap. 

The head of state said the government has already created an enabling and friendly environment for business and investment alongside aligning trade and industrial policies. 

The foreign direct investment (FDI) jumped by 58% in 2018 from 2017, he added. 

To attract more and sustainable foreign and domestic investment, the government has decided to set up 100 economic zones across Bangladesh, said Abdul Hamid, adding that Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (Beza) is working in this regard.

He said the government has taken specific and integrated programs to accomplish its goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income one by 2021, and a developed one by 2041.  

Like MDGs, SDGs will also be implemented in time resulting in the establishment of a developed and prosperous Bangladesh, the president added.

He also opened a booklet titled "Asia-Pacific Conference on Financing inclusive and Sustainable Development." 

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister Salman F Rahman, President of ICC Bangladesh Mahbubur Rahman and Under-Secretary General of UN and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana were present at the program.