Prime Minister seeks ADB's assistance in implementing Delta Plan
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, May 10: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought the cooperation of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the implementation of Delta Plan-2100.
The Prime Minister sought the cooperation when ADB Vice President Shixin Chen paid a courtesy call on Ganobhaban on Monday (May 9).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this Delta Plan is very important for Bangladesh. The PM also sought the assistance of the ADB to enhance regional cooperation, especially in the areas of connectivity, trade and energy.
Stating that the Covid situation is under control, Sheikh Hasina said that after almost two years, the people of the country have celebrated Eid freely without any restriction. She praised the ADB for its assistance during the Corona pandemic.
Referring to the transition from a least developed country to a developing country, the Prime Minister said the government has taken various programmes to address this transition period.
The Prime Minister mentioned the provision of houses with land under the Asrayan-2 project to bring 100 percent of the people of Bangladesh under the power facility and to ensure a better life for the landless and homeless. She said their standard of living has improved.
At the time, the ADB vice-president feared that the war between Russia and Ukraine could lead to food shortages in the world.
In this context, the Prime Minister said, the Government of Bangladesh has undertaken more food production programmes. Regarding regional connectivity for development, the Prime Minister said the door of Bangladesh is open for the development of connectivity.
She mentioned the reopening of some routes that were closed after the 1965 war. Despite the corona pandemic, ADB Vice President Shixin Chen praised Bangladesh's economic development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He said Bangladesh has set an example in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Bangladesh has been able to keep the wheel of the economy moving and we hope to achieve 7 percent GDP.
Regarding the transition from LDCs to developing countries, the ADB Vice President said that the transition from LDCs to developing countries is a critical time. Bangladesh has been doing well.
Praising Bangladesh's progress in the agricultural sector, the ADB Vice President said that Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in the field of agriculture.
Regarding the 100 economic zones in Bangladesh, he said, these economic zones will meet the demand of domestic and international markets.