BD will graduate from LDCs despite Rohingya crisis: Muhith:
Update Time: 5 Dec 2017 4:48 pm:
Finance Minister AMA Muhith said on Thursday that Bangladesh will graduate from the group of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2024 in spite of the Rohingya crisis.
Muhith said “We have done quite well in the previous few years. Bangladesh’s prospect of graduating from LDCs could be hindered by the Rohingya crisis. However, through the supports of our development partner, it will not be at all,” he said.
The finance minister made the remarks as he was speaking as the chief guest at the concluding session of the “High-Level Meeting on Achieving Sustainable Graduation for Least Developed Counties” at Sonargaon hotel in the city.
Muhith said, the government will come to know the real impact of Rohingya crisis on the development after three or four months. The government is making plans in this regard.
“It seems that our development activities will face no problem for the Rohingya crisis,” he added.
He mentioned the crisis as an unexpected issue, and said the development partners are providing big supports to Bangladesh for resolving the food and sanitation demand of the Rohingya people.
Muhith said the government has taken necessary steps to solve the crisis peacefully and it will send back the Rohingya people to their homeland Myanmar as early as possible.
Under Secretary General and High Representative of the UN Office for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu’ attended the concluding session as the guest of honor.
The session was presided over by Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen.
The two-day high-level meeting was organized by Bangladesh Government and United Nations office of the High Representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The meeting brought together the participants representing governments, UN agencies, international and regional organisations, national and regional civil society, private sector, business community and think tanks.