ADB offers support for BD’s progress

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ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy of PM officeThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has offered support for the development of Bangladesh’s various sectors, including power, transport, rural development, education, agriculture and sanitation, reports news agency UNB.
Visiting ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang came up with the offer when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban.
After the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.
The ADB Vice President said the Bank also wants to support inter-connecting sub-regional power grid system under Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) inter-regional Economic Cooperation.
It also wants to extend support for developing agro-processing industries in Bangladesh and development of its infrastructure for transit-transshipment to boost trade facilities in the region, he said.
Wencai Zhang lauded the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hoped that Bangladesh will become a high middle-income country by 2021.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked the ADB Vice President saying the Bank is always supportive to Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina said her government stresses building cluster villages to save farmlands while working to reduce further the gap between the rich and the poor.
About the agro-processing sector, the Prime Minister said the farmers could be involved to a great extent in vegetable and fisheries processing and poultry sectors which will in turn help strengthen their economic power.
Referring to her government’s open investment policy for private entrepreneurs, Hasina said various sectors, including the power and energy, telecommunications and TV, are doing business comfortably.
She said the government is providing lands for special economic zones where investors will build their industries.
Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and ERD Senior Secretary Mohammad Mejbahuddin were present.

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