Australia releases Covid-19 dev response plan for Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

28 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday announced the release of Australia’s Covid-19 development response plan for Bangladesh for 2020-2021, saying Australia appreciates its strong development, people-to-people and trade ties with Bangladesh.

The Covid-19 development response plan will guide Australia’s whole-of-government response to Covid-19 in Bangladesh over the next two years.

Australia will focus on investments in long-term economic growth, underpinned by inclusive education, skills development and private sector engagement. Humanitarian assistance for Rohingyas and the host community remains a priority for Australia.

It will place a strong emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable, especially women and girls, and people with disabilities, said a press release of the Australian High Commission in Dhaka.

Fatima Yasmin, Secretary of Economic Relations Division (ERD), said “The Government of Bangladesh is finalising the 8th Five-Year Plan where Covid-19 recovery strategy has been incorporated. We believe Australia’s Covid-19 response plan for Bangladesh will be aligned with the Government’s priorities.”