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 today.
During the meeting the ADB country Director expressed his organization’s willingness to strengthen its cooperation further with Bangladesh especially in the areas of infrastructure and skill development
Highlighting various socio-economic achievements of the present Government of Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister 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 highlighted the implementation of the mega projects undertaken by the present government and sought ADB’s continued assistance in this regard.
Foreign Minister 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 support, given the land and resource constraints in Bangladesh.