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Prime Minister to open Bangladesh Development Forum Wednesday

Sun Online Desk     16th January, 2018 06:15:19 printer

Prime Minister to open Bangladesh Development Forum Wednesday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) tomorrow with the theme 'Partnership for development'.

The main focus of BDF will be on the review of the 7th Five Year Plan (7FYP) alongside sharing the country's challenges and way forward on SDGs with the development partners as Bangladesh would require additional financing of $928 billion by 2030 to successfully attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Finance Minister AMA Muhith will chair the inaugural session of this flagship event of the Economic Relations Division (ERD) to be held at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon.

It would be the 3rd such edition of BDF after the first one in 2009 and the 2nd in 2015.

There would be various sessions during the event, including on investment and FDI, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith while speaking about the Forum at a press conference here on Monday. 

"The issue of transition of Bangladesh from LDC to the middle-income status would also come up for discussion in the Forum," said the finance minister. 

According to the ERD, Director-General and CEO of OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, World Bank vice president for South Asia region Annette Dixon, vice president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Wencai Zhang, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Minoru Masujima and other national and international high level delegates would attend the event.

The key note session of the Forum will be devoted to 'Implementation of the 7th FYP and the SDGs: Challenges and the Way Forward'. 

This will be followed by eight thematic working sessions themed on building resilience in agriculture and extreme climate condition; creating enabling environment for FDI and private sector engagement; fostering quality education and skills for employment and promoting innovation in education and ICT.

Thematic working sessions will also be held on addressing inequality and ensuring health for all; addressing violence against women and ensuring women empowerment; improving urban service delivery and managing rural migration; LDC transition: turning challenges into opportunities and integrated SDG financing and strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The BDF will come up with an outcome document spelling out necessary joint steps in each of the thematic areas.