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Canada to support Bangladesh tackling economic, climate and Rohingya challenges

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 13th August, 2021 06:03:09 PM
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Canada to support Bangladesh tackling economic, climate and Rohingya challenges
Photo: Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould

Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould, who paid a three-day virtual visit to Bangladesh on Aug 10-12, said she is highly impressed by their resilience, and the remarkable progress taking place in Bangladesh.

“This was my first visit to Bangladesh and, although it was virtual, it allowed me to hear first-hand people’s stories and the challenges they face. I was impressed by their resilience, and the remarkable progress taking place in Bangladesh,” she said warping her 3-day visit on Thursday.

Karina Gould said Canada has been a friend and development partner to Bangladesh for nearly 50 years and Canada is committed to continuing to tackle these challenges together, ranging from public health, to the economy, climate change, and the continued Rohingya crisis

According to a press release of the High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh on Friday (Aug 13), the Minister of International Development Karina Gould ended a successful three-day virtual visit to Bangladesh. All events and meetings were hosted on digital platforms in order to minimise health risks.   

Minister Gould announced contributions to two important projects in Bangladesh. The first will see Canada join BRAC’s Strategic Partnership Arrangement for the next five years (2021-2026), with a contribution of Canadian $45 million.

The second provides $2 million in additional Canadian funding to UNICEF for the ‘Strengthening Quality Education in Cox’s Bazar’ initiative, to support preparations for the reopening of schools and learning centres.

During the visit, the Minister met with partners from civil society, NGOs and international organizations to discuss their work in Bangladesh, and Canada’s continued support for Rohingya refugees, impacted host communities, and COVID-19 response.

Minister Gould held a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen during which she extended her congratulations for Bangladesh’s anticipated graduation from the Least Developed Countries group and expressed Canada’s appreciation for Bangladesh's inclusion of the most vulnerable Rohingya for the COVAX vaccination campaign.

She apprised the Foreign Minister of Canada’s "Together for Learning" campaign and its objective of making education available for all refugees, forcibly displaced and host community children and

youth. The two Ministers spoke about their shared interest in holding accountable those responsible for acts perpetrated against the Rohingya.  They also shared their priorities related to the pandemic response and climate change.

On August 12, her visit concluded with a live event held in a slum in Dhaka where Canada is supporting critical COVID19 prevention activities and skills training for the urban poor. #