Bangladesh will be able to get rid of extreme poverty within the next four years with its current pace of development, Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain has said.
He dubbed the "One House, One Farm" project as the government's biggest undertaking to alleviate poverty. “It will help cut the poverty rate down to 10% from 22.8% within the next three years,” he said at CIRDAP's 32nd technical committee meeting on Wednesday.
The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) technical committee meeting is taking place in Bangladesh this year from May 3 to 5. Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), the CIRDAP Link Institute in Bangladesh, is hosting the event on behalf of the government.
CIRDAP Director General Tevita G Boseiwaqa Taginavulau said Bangladesh was making rapid development which was evident in the country's elevation to the 46th position in 2016 from 56th in 2015 in the GDP ranking.
Acting secretary in-charge of Rural Development and Co-operative Division Ananda Chandra Biswas urged signing MoUs among the member countries for sharing and better using experiences of member countries.
BARD Director General Maududur Rashid Safdar said the technical committee members for the upcoming year would selected the committee's president during the meeting and the president would inaugurate two exhibition corners at Dr Akhter Hamid Khan Library.
The two corners will showcase research and recent publications of CIRDAP and AARDO (African Asian Rural Development Organisation). Currently AARDO have 30 member countries working closely for rural development of the region.
CIRDAP Technical Committee is the professional policy think tank of CIRDAP. It comprises of the Head of the National Government Institute dealing with rural development in the 15 CIRDAP member countries.
The meeting aims at fostering participation of and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments and civil society organisations, to promote sustainable rural development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Thailand and Pakistan did not attend the meeting.
CIRDAP is a regional, intergovernmental organisation working for promotion of regional cooperation to foster integrated rural development in the Asia-Pacific region through research, pilot projects, training and dissemination of information.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam are CIRDAP members.