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UK parliament lauds Bangladesh’s economic growth

  • Published at 05:59 pm May 27th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:11 pm May 27th, 2018
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The UK parliament lauded the strategic partnership between the UK government’s Department of International Development (DFID) and Brac

The British parliament has lauded Bangladesh’s recent achievement of being eligible to graduate from a least developed country to a developing one, saying it was a success story resulting from many years of sustained economic growth.

“There was a lot of energy and confidence in the people we met, the projects we visited, and the places we travelled through,” a British parliamentary report on the UK’s role in development of Bangladesh reads.   

The report, released on May 21, also says the “relatively open” civic space has played a major role in Bangladesh’s successful economic growth and development.

Open border policy

The UK parliament commended the Bangladesh government and local communities for pursuing an open border policy for Rohingya refugees with generosity and compassion.

It also praised how local NGOs, including Brac, have helped the UK in making meaningful contributions to dealing with the humanitarian catastrophe and improving the refugees’ living conditions.

“With awareness that Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries with many still living below the poverty line, the UK government has continued to strengthen its efforts to persuade the international community to fully shoulder the responsibilities of the displaced Rohingya population,” said according to the report available on the British parliament’s website.

The report that sought to review UKAID’s contributions in Bangladesh also lauded the strategic partnership between the UK government’s Department of International Development (DFID) and Brac.

It said outcomes of the partnership between DFID and Brac in handling the Rohingya crisis and also in forwarding the overall development of Bangladesh should be “replicated where appropriate.”

Brac Senior Director of Communication, Strategy and Empowerment, Asif Saleh, travelled to the UK early this year to give evidence in person to the committee that deals with the report.

Brac submitted written evidence to help the committee with their inquiry.