Use local experts in framing, executing plans: Mannan

17 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Thursday underscored the need for utilising local experts in framing and executing plans through various uplift schemes.

“We need to increase the dependency on the local expertise ……although it’ll work with the mixture of both local and foreign experts, but we need to be in the driving seat in all the fields,” he said.

The planning minister was addressing a book launching ceremony for “Integrated assessment for the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100): Analysis of selected intervention” held at the NEC conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

Jointly organized by the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of BUET and the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission, BUET Prof Dr Munsur Rahman made a power-point presentation on the background and overview of the published book and way forward, reports BSS.

National Professor and Vice Chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific Professor Dr Jamilur Reza Chowdhury spoke on the occasion as the chief guest moderated by GED member Dr Shamsul Alam.

Echoing with the suggestion from Prof Jamilur to enhance dependency on the local experts in all sorts of development plans and projects execution, the Planning Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also pursue such notion.

“It’s absolutely right and it’s not a matter of emotion. We can take the knowledge, experiences and can partner with our foreign friends. But, we’ll take full control and responsibility of our works.” He said, adding that the government is increasingly trying to stand on its own feet and talents towards materializing its development endeavors.

Prof Jamilur said Bangladesh does need foreign experts, but especially in those areas where there is lack in efficiency among local experts. “We’ll rely more on our local experts in solving national problems.”

Citing the example of the construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project which is expected to open for traffic at the end of this year or early next year, he said that this bridge project is one of the most challenging ones in the world and the Bangladeshi professionals are responsible for making this project a reality.

Prof Jamilur also opined that the BDP 2100 should not only be a constant document, rather there should be continuous interventions and recommendations.