Dhaka, May 20 : Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Bangladesh, Manmohan Prokash, has met the Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
The Minister wished him success in delivering his responsibilities. The Minister assured him of all out support from the newly formed government. ADB Country Director thanked the Foreign Minister for welcoming him in the Foreign Office. He informed that ADB was willing to strengthen its cooperation further with Bangladesh especially in the areas of infrastructure and skill development as well as in the areas which may contribute to take Bangladesh to the next level of growth and development.
He also expressed his willingness to increase cooperation with Bangladesh government in other socio-economic sectors including skill development activities of the Foreign Ministry. While meeting the ADB Country Director, the Foreign Minister briefed him about the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister to ensure socio-economic development in Bangladesh. He informed that Bangladesh has been acclaimed for success in human development areas like education, health and social safety net and received huge support from the development partners. The Minister also highlighted the implementation of the mega projects undertaken by the present government and sought ADB’s continued assistance.
Foreign Minister Momen deeply appreciated the role of ADB in the socio-economic sectors of Bangladesh, especially its huge involvement in energy, transport and education sectors and requested the Country Director of ADB to finance in regional infrastructure projects including hydro-power generation, cross border power transmission and distribution. He especially appreciated the role of ADB in strengthening the regional connectivity through SASEC programme.
The Minister also briefed the ADB Country Director about the recent development of Rohingya crisis. He thanked international communities, especially ADB for providing humanitarian assistance to Rohingya camps and the grant of US $100 million. He requested the ADB Country Director to raise the issue with the international community and secure necessary funding and other humanitarian supports, given the land and resource constraints in Bangladesh. (UNI)