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Mannan slams donors who quit projects halfway

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Planning Minister MA Mannan expressed resentment over some donors’ abandoning projects in the middle of their implementation citing changes to their policies. 

He urged development partners to work in Bangladesh giving due honour to Bangladeshi people.

The minister said Bangladesh can now implement projects without the help of donors’ money.

“The donors sometimes leave projects at the halfway in excuse of their policy changes, but our situation has changed now a lot,” MA Mannan said while addressing a webinar organised by UCEP Bangladesh marking Mujib Borsho and Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence on Sunday.

“If donors leave us in such a way, we’ll be able to keep the projects running with our own resources. We’ve the ability now,” he said, adding,“Those who can work respecting the people hereshould work in this country.”

“We cannot allow changes of policy in the middle of implementation of a project,” he said.

“Donors change their policies, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina never changed her policy,” Mannan commented.

He said the country’s own resources now increased much compared to the past as millions of people are now working.

“Only rhetoric cannot create resources. Resources are being created in the country as millions of people are working. Prime Minister is also working relentlessly for the disadvantaged and neglected people,” Mannan stated.

He stressed, “Bangladesh should utilise the resources along with the people’s technical education.”

He, however, observed that Bangladesh still has deficiency in education and literacy of people. 

“Such level of education won’t help Bangladesh in its future journey. The country has to adopt technical education in response to the demand of time,” he noted. 

The planning minister informed that the government was working to export more agro products like fish, meat, egg and milk.

He said the country has a bunch of skilled manpower andthe process of exporting more agro products has already started mechanization the agriculture system.

UCEP Bangladesh chairperson Parvin Mahmud presided over the event.

Mahmud said UCEP has been working for last 49 years for the betterment of the underprivileged children and youth in line with the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheih Mujibur Rahaman.