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PM seeks more ADB support for country’s socio-economic dev

Staff Reporter:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought further robust support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expedite Bangladesh’s endeavor for its people’s socioeconomic development as ADB Vice President (Sector and Themes) Fatima Yasmin called on her here.
“Our main goal is people’s socioeconomic development and inclusive advancement as the government is especially prioritizing rural people’s development,” PM’s Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam quoted her as saying in a media briefing after the meeting at Ganabhaban.
According to Islam, the premier told the ADB vice president that her government also focused on in-creasing the purchasing power of the country’s people, as it would help expand industrialization and cre-ate more job opportunities.
Sheikh Hasina sought ADB’s support in the sectors like climate change adaptation, agriculture, river ex-cavation and restoration.
She called upon the ADB vice president to take up more people-centric projects so that a large number of people could get benefit.
The prime minister also mentioned her government’s initiatives to open up different wings for the private sectors during 1996-2001 to take it forward and make vibrant, resulting in expansion of employments.
Fatima Yasmin said Bangladesh is a top priority country for the ADB, and since 2009 to 2023, ADB support to Bangladesh has increased by five times to US$ 3.4 billion.
She also told the premier that ADB is keen to implement projects like river restoration, river-based tour-ism, recreation centers and irrigation as it is also prioritising climate change adaptation, human and so-cial development, technical education and health sector projects.
PM’s Principal Secretary M Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Economic Relations Division Secretary Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky were present.

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