Bangladesh now at sole height’s political stability: Speaker in IMF meet
Published: 20:41 25 June 2019 Updated: 21:44 25 June 2019
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury said that due to economic and political stability, Bangladesh is now at a unique height. In this case the contributions of MPs are undeniable.
She said, MPs elected by the people's votes represent the people in the parliament. Reasonably, MPs account to the people. On the other hand, the government is accountable to the Parliament. Accountability and transparency are ensured: MPs play an important role in bringing positive changes in the social and economic sectors.
The Speaker made this remark while she was in the meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation led by IMF Asia Pacific region chiefDaisaku Kihara at his office in the Parliament House on Tuesday.
During the meeting, they discussed Bangladesh's economic development, sustainable development, climate change, food security, MP's role in economic development and IMF's activities etc. At the time, 11th parliamentary standing committee chairman Rustam Ali Farazi, senior officials of the Parliament Secretariat along with Ragnar Gudmundsson, resident representative of -IMF in Bangladesh were present.
The Speaker said, Bangladesh has been going forward with massive economic development as well as achieving successive 7 percent growth over the past few years under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The growth is currently 8.1 percent. Remittance and reserve also increased at the same bound. As a result, the present government is reaching development services at grassroots level of the people. She said that the main aim of the present government is to establish a poverty free state by removing discrimination.
Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury said, “A large part of the populous Bangladesh is young, so the country wants to ensure the employment of the youth by increasing investment. Young people are the main artisans to build future Bangladesh. Since the last ten years, the government has been working to provide connectivity, power and gas supply to ensure an investment-friendly environment.”
The government have established 100 specialized economic zones, already, quoting that the parliament boss said “The IMF can now work to increase the skills and capabilities of MPs and young people.” “Bangladesh stands on strong financial ground under the expert leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. To hold this position, skilled human resources is needed. And there is no alternative to training for creating skilled human resources,” Dr. Shirin Sharmin said.
She urged the IMF delegation to establish more training centers in Bangladesh.
She also said that with the increase rate of education, Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food. After the education, the current challenge is to market employment and surplus food’s marketization and proper management. Bangladesh has achieved the capability to generate more than 20,000 MW of electricity covering the power deficit of the past. As a result, industries and factories are being developed at the grassroots level.
The IMF delegation apprised the Speaker about ways to involve MPs more in the main economic development. Daisaku Kihara expresses enthusiasm for the economic, infrastructural development and political stability of Bangladesh, and appreciates the rapid growth.
Referring to Bangladesh as exemplary in the readymade garment industry, he said Bangladesh is very advanced in other industries including agriculture. He hoped that Bangladesh can go a long way in sustainable development by utilizing the young manpower.
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