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‘Strengthen Zila Parishad’

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  • 5 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Strengthen Zila Parishad’

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Speakers at a programme said that it is necessary to strengthen local government institutions like Zila Parishad to ensure development at upazila and union level and help the country to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

They were addressing a national workshop titled ‘Strengthening Zila Parishad in Achieving SDGs’ at a city hotel on Thursday. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Speaking as the chief guest, LGDR and Cooperatives Minister Tazul Islam said, "Though the local government institutions are now stronger and more people-friendly than any time in the past, Zila Parishad still needs further support to build their capacity if we want to achieve the SDGs by 2030." The minister urged all the development partners to come forward in this regard.

“Zila Parishad can solve their problems by utilizing the local resources properly. Coordination with other local government bodies is essential for that.”

Nathalie Chuard, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, in her remarks highlighted the number of projects supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which are currently underway through the partnership between Bangladesh and Switzerland.

Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP, said UNDP has been working with the Government of Bangladesh for many years and they are also supporting the Government to localise the SDGs and also strengthening the capacity of upazila and union parishad.