The World Bank’s Vice President for South Asia Martin Raiser reaffirmed the World Bank's continued support for green, resilient, and inclusive growth in Bangladesh.
He made the assurance as his first official visit to Bangladesh concluded, said a media release from the World bank Dhaka office on Wednesday.
“Bangladesh is a development success story in South Asia, and the World Bank is proud of being a partner in the country’s development journey for the past 50 years,” said Raiser.
“We remain committed to helping Bangladesh achieve its growth aspirations. This will require timely policy actions to build strong public institutions, improve competitiveness, ensure climate resilience, and strengthen external and fiscal buffers," the UN lender official added.
Raiser met with the finance minister and commended the government for the rapid post-Covid recovery.
They discussed the global economic outlook and the implications for economic policies.
“To continue its growth trajectory and enhance macroeconomic stability amid uncertainties and rising inflation, Bangladesh needs to stay the course on the reform priorities set out in its national plans,” he added.
During the visit, he also met with Mr Salman F Rahman, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mr Abdur Rouf Talukder, Governor of Bangladesh Bank, and senior government officials, as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society, and development partners.
The World Bank Group is preparing its new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Bangladesh, which will guide its support to the country from 2023-2027. In his meetings with the government and other stakeholders, Raiser discussed how the World Bank support can be best aligned to help Bangladesh realize its vision of being an upper middle-income country by 2031.
“Other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s development experience,” said Raiser, adding that “The World Bank is committed to help the country remain on a sustainable and inclusive growth path.”