The prime minister says Bangladesh is in an advanced position in implementing the MDGs and approaching the SDGs the same way
Bangladesh has been one of the top three performers on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index due to the government’s prudent planning with specific directions, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.
“We’ve taken proper planning with specific directions, and we’re moving ahead in a planned way for implementing the SDGs and included those in the [8th] Five Year Plan," she said.
Her remarks came when Planning Minister MA Mannan, at the beginning of the weekly Ecnec meeting, informed the prime minister about Bangladesh's success in remaining in the top three positions in SDGs’ implementation.
Keeping the country’s development in mind, Hasina said, Awami League in its election manifesto stated various goal-oriented measures.
"We’ve been taking effective measures to implement those since assuming office and that’s why Bangladesh has been among the top three countries in implementing the SDGs,” she said.
The prime minister said Bangladesh was in an advanced position in implementing the Million Development Goals (MDGs). “We’re approaching the SDGs the same way.”
Hasina gave all credits for the achievements to the collective efforts of all that included the people of the country, party leaders and activists alongside civil and military officials and members of law enforcement agencies.
She thanked all concerned for accepting the decisions taken by her government and working sincerely for their execution.
On one side the government has to face the coronavirus fallouts and keep the country’s economy moving on the other, she said, adding: “This has been possible due to the collective efforts of all."
The prime minister said Bangladesh is also dealing with lots of problems, including manmade ones, as it did in the past.
Pledging to take the country ahead facing all the odds and obstacles, she said: “Bangladesh is marching ahead and will surely keep moving on.”
Bangabandhu and natural disasters
The prime minister on Tuesday also unveiled the cover of a memorial book titled “Durjog Jhuki Hrashe Bangabandhu” (Bangabandhu in Disaster Risk Reduction) while joining virtually the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) from her official residence Ganabhaban.
The other cabinet members and officials concerned joined the meeting at the Economic Council conference room.
Unveiling the cover of the book, she said that measures taken by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in reducing the risks of disasters is exemplary for not only Bangladesh, but for any disaster-prone area in the world.
Describing the measures taken by Bangabandhu in facing any disaster as a milestone for Bangladesh, Hasina said her government is taking every measure to face disasters following the footsteps of Bangabandhu.
“We have been able to protect the lives of the people (from natural disasters) and got the confidence to face any natural calamity from the measures and plans taken by the Father of the Nation,” she added.