ADB promises to help new govt meet pledges
Dhaka, Jan 21 – The Asian Development Bank has promised to help Bangladesh sustain progress on the MDGs and become a middle income country by 2021 as pledged by the new government, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We look forward to working more closely with the new government to secure further development of the country and to help realise its vision for development,” said visiting vice president of the Zhao Xiaoyu at the end of a two-day tour.
“ADB stands ready to support the government to overcome any adverse effects of the global financial crisis and achieve a more inclusive socio-economic development by raising investment in health, education, and agriculture, among other sectors,” said Zhao, who met prime minister Sheikh Hasina and other senior ministers and officials during his visit.
“We are also firmly committed to assist the government in scaling up the pace of infrastructure development, increase power distribution, promote regional cooperation and continue governance reforms,” Zhao was quoted as saying in the statement.
A wide range of issues including the Padma Bridge and assistance in health, education and agriculture sectors, came up in the meetings with the PM and ministers of finance, communications and local government.