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PM seeks IsDB’s definite action on Rohingyas

  • Published at 01:38 pm September 9th, 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attends an agreement signing during the inauguration of the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Dhaka on Sunday, September 9, 2018 Focus Bangla

She has also mentioned that the refugees should now be repatriated

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday called upon the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG) to take definite action to repatriate the displaced Rohingya citizens of Myanmar to their home.

She said that Bangladesh has been proactively responding to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis by maintaining an open border—and accepting the large influx of forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

“But, now we want them to go back to their own land,” she said, adding that IsBDG cannot remain silent while the Rohingyas face ethnic cleansing, reports BSS.

“Rohingyas are creating multifarious negative impacts on the local community and ecosystem — along with our own resources,” the prime minister said during the inauguration of the bank's regional hub in Dhaka on Sunday.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, IsDB President Dr Bandar MH Hajjar and Economic Resources Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam also spoke on the occasion.

Sheikh Hasina also sought the support of IsDB to meet the deficit of Bangladesh’s investment plan to address the adverse impacts of climate change.

Bangladesh will need a total amount of $11.7 billion to determine the investment demand, current investment, and investment gap that exists in the environment, forest, and climate change sectors.

So far $4.7 billion has been invested by internal and external sources, and there is an overall investment deficit of $7 billion, she said seeking IsDB support to meet the gap.

Expressing her firm commitment to build Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041, the prime minister hoped for the continued support and cooperation of the IsDB.

“Together we will build a brighter and prosperous future for our new generation,” she said— adding that Bangladesh has already started aligning the SDGs with the country’s national plans and strategies to achieve most of the SDGs by 2030.

She welcomed the decision of the IsDB to open a regional hub in Dhaka saying it would definitely help IsDB speed up its operational activities.

“This will also help the IsDB to be more intimate with, and closer to, client countries—in understanding the development needs and challenges as well as development priorities,” she said.

The IsDB has thus far expanded its cumulative development assistance of $22 billion to Bangladesh—making the country the single largest recipient of the 57-member- countries’ economic cooperation.