Irrational to compare Bangladesh with Sri Lanka, says LGRD minister

Friday, 27 May 2022

It is irrational to compare Bangladesh's situation with the internal crisis of Sri Lanka, said LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam on Friday.

He made this remark at the concluding ceremony of the two-day 'Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 International Conference: Issues and Challenges of Implementation' held at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the capital, reports UNB.

The economic situation of Bangladesh has changed a lot. Per capita income and purchasing power have increased, he said.

The minister further said many developed countries and foreign companies are investing in the country amid economic growth under the leadership of the prime minister.

Tajul said Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 adopted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been formulated with the overall cooperation of the Netherlands in the light of their Delta Plan.

The main goal of the Delta Plan is to transform Bangladesh into a prosperous and self-respecting nation. If implemented, the next generation will get a sustainable developed country.

"We need the support of our development partners to implement the Delta Master Plan," he said, urging the development partners and organisations, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to stand by Bangladesh.

A letter of intent (LOI) was signed between the LGRD ministry and the Government of the Netherlands on Thursday as part of the implementation of Delta Plan 2100. Through the LOI, the Dutch government will conduct piloting activities in Raozan of Chattogram and Keshabpur Municipality of Jashore to combat the effects of climate change, said the minister.

The experience from the pilot project will be used to address climate risk in more than 100 municipalities in the future, he added.