PM seeks IsDB’s definite actions for Rohingyas

Published: 09 Sep 2018 | Updated: 09 Sep 2018   

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG) to take definite actions for repatriation of the displaced Rohingya citizens of Myanmar to their home.

She said Bangladesh has been proactively responding to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis, by keeping its border open and accepting the large influx of forcibly displaced Rohingyas, BSS reports.

“But, now we want them to go back to their own land,” she said adding that IsBDG cannot remain silent when Rohingyas are facing ethnic cleansing.

“Rohingyas are creating multifarious negative impacts on local community and ecosystem along with our own resources,” the prime minister said.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Dhaka today.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, president of the Islamic Development Bank Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar, Economic Resources Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam also spoke on the occasion.

The prime minister also sought support of IsDBG to meet the deficit of the investment plan of Bangladesh to address the adverse impacts of climate change.

Bangladesh will need a total amount of USD 11.7 billion to determine the investment demand, current investment and investment gap that exist in environment, forest and climate change sector.

So far USD 4.7 billion has been invested from internal and external sources, and there is an overall investment deficit of USD 7 billion, she said seeking IsDBG support to meet the gap.

Expressing her firm commitment to build Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041, the prime minister hoped continued support and cooperation of the IsDB.

“Together we will build a brighter and prosperous future for our new generation,” she said adding that Bangladesh has already started the SDGs

implementation aligning the same with our national plans and strategies with a target to achieve most of the SDGs within 2030.

The prime minister welcomed the decision of the IsDBG for opening the regional hub in Dhaka saying it will definitely help IsDBG to speed up its operational activities.

This will also help IsDBG to be more intimate and closer to client countries in understanding the development needs and challenges as well as development priorities, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said IsDBG is one of the trusted development partners of Bangladesh. Bangladesh acknowledges the role of IsDBG over the last four decades in its socio-economic development.

IsDBG has so far extended cumulative development assistance of USD 22 billion to Bangladesh making the country single largest recipient of Group’s economic cooperation among its 57 member countries, the prime minister said.

The establishment of new office in Dhaka is also marked as a joint step forward in further consolidating the relations and strengthening the partnership between Bangladesh and IsDBG, she noted.

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