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'Early return of Rohingyas better for Bangladesh'

  • Published at 11:28 pm October 16th, 2019
Seven-member delegation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), led by its Executive Director In-chang Song, called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Focus Bangla

ADB to remain Bangladesh’s development partner, says In-chang Song

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for the quick repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

The prime minister came up with the remark when a seven-member delegation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), led by its Executive Director In-chang Song, called on her at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on wednesday, reports UNB.

“It will be better for Bangladesh if they go back as early as possible,” she said.

Terming Bangladesh a reliable partner, the visiting high-profile ADB delegation said the lender will continue to remain Bangladesh’s development partner.

“ADB will continue to remain Bangladesh’s development partner,” In-chang Song said.  

Six ADB directors and alternative directors representing 33 countries were among the delegates.

Prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

The delegation appreciated the rapid reduction of poverty level and the high GDP growth in Bangladesh as well as progress in climate change mitigation and food security.

“Bangladesh has achieved much progress in attaining food security,” they said.

The ADB will continue its support to Bangladesh on the dissue, too.

ADB Director Kris Panday said Bangladesh has made a remarkable progress in different sectors, particularly transportation, energy and housing.

He stressed the need for the continuation of the regional connectivity and integrity for the sake of development.

The premier said her party had chalked out the plan for the development of the country before coming to power.

She said different development policies such as economic and agriculture ones were incorporated in her party plan. 

“We had formulated the policies before coming to power, and now we are implementing these,” she was quoted as saying.

Mentioning that the development activities of her government are village-centric, the prime minister said the rural areas of Bangladesh and the grassroots people get priority in development programs.

She said the government engaged people in the development activities. 

“My team has been working hard to expedite development activities,” she was quoted further as telling the ADB delegation.

The government is setting up 100 economic zones to expedite the pace of development, Sheikh Hasina said adding that it is she who has opened all the sectors, including energy, telecommunication and transport to private sector.

She said her government focused on different social safety programs, including the widow allowance.

About connectivity, she said Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Initiative and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor are there to strengthen the regional connectivity.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Md Nojibur Rahman was present at the meeting.

The delegation members included ADB alterative directors Bayram Muhammet Garayev, Kenzo Ohe, Burak Müezzinoğlu and Enrique Galan, and ADB Country Director for Bangladesh Manmohan Parkash.