Speakers on Saturday stressed the need for public-private partnership and strengthened democracy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.
A group of right-based civil society placed the suggestion at a press conference titled “SDGs in Bangladesh: The Missing Links and Where International Assistance is our Legitimate Right” at the National Press Club in the capital on Saturday.
While presenting the key note paper, Syed Aminul Hoque of EquityBD said, “Corruption is one of the major problems in achieving the SDGs.”
Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust said, “Various sincere initiative of the present government is being destroyed by the corruption.”
Rafiqul Islam of Dwip Unnayan Sangstha said, “Coastal people are getting less priority in government national plan despite having a major contribution to our GDP.”
“SDGs cannot be achieved without the effective participation of the labourers. Laborer must get proper wages considering their livelihood,” said Dr. Mesbah Uddin Ahmed of Jatyo Sramik Jote.
Zayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishak Federation said Bangladesh is still an agriculture-based country but farmers are not getting their fair price of the product. Agriculture-based industry should be get priority for achieving SDG.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD moderated the programme.
He said that inclusion of civil society organisations in the SDGs achievement can play a vital role. But CSO participation is yet to be facilitated by government through official process.
Md Shahidullah of Jono Odhayan Kendro, Subal Sarkar of Bangladesh Bhumihin Samity also spoke on the occasion.