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Cabinet Secy highlights importance of post-graduation support measures for Bangladesh

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  • 4th December, 2021 05:49:32 PM
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Cabinet Secy highlights importance of post-graduation support measures for Bangladesh
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam and Abdulla Shahid, President of UN General Assembly

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Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam, who is now on an official visit to the United Nations in New York, has highlighted the importance of post-graduation support measures for Bangladesh during his meeting with UN leaderships and experts.

This visit is taking place right after the adoption of the resolution on the graduation of Bangladesh from the LDC category on November 24, 2021 by the UN General Assembly, said the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN on Saturday (Dec 4).

During the visit, the Cabinet Secretary, who is leading a two-member delegation, held fruitful meetings with President of the General Assembly Abdullah Shahid, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Collen Vixen Kelapile, Under Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), Courtenay Rattray, and an expert-team of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) led by Secretary of the Committee, Roland Mollerus.

During his Meetings with the UN high officials, the Cabinet Secretary highlighted that graduation has been a long-cherished aspiration of the people of Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the country from the front to achieve this important milestone despite unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“She envisioned transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041. By achieving the graduation landmark, Bangladesh has set herself on the right course to fulfill these visions,” said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam.

Referring to the leadership of Bangladesh in negotiating the ten-year Doha Program of Action for LDCs to be adopted in the 5th UN Conference of LDCs to be held in Doha, Qatar in January, 2022, the Cabinet Secretary put spotlight on the post-graduation challenges, especially in the context of abrupt loss of international support measures (ISMs) by graduated countries.

He stressed that the Doha Programme of Action should ensure an incentives-based graduation support structure for the graduating and graduated countries. In this regard, he recommended for better inter-agency coordination to place the graduation issue high on the UN agenda.

The UN leadership and the experts briefed him about the new initiatives such as Sustainable Graduation Support Facility (SGSF) and enhanced graduation monitoring to respond to any crises or possible slide back.

They appreciated the role of Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh and Ambassador Robert Rae of Canada in leading the negotiations of Doha Programme of Action.

Cabinet Secretary also addressed all officers of the Permanent Mission and provided important directives on the priorities of the Government.

He visited Bangabandhu bench at the North lawn of the UN headquarters, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to New York for the high-level week of the 76th UNGA.

The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, Ambassador Rabab Fatima and Ms. Sharifa Khan, Member Planning Commission accompanied him in the meetings.