Bangladesh seeks more ADB support for socioeconomic development-Xinhua

Bangladesh seeks more ADB support for socioeconomic development

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-03-31 23:20:15

DHAKA, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought further support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expedite Bangladesh's endeavour for its people's socioeconomic development.

She made the remarks in a meeting with ADB Vice President Fatima Yasmin here on Sunday.

"Our main goal is people's socioeconomic development and inclusive advancement as the government is especially prioritizing rural people's development," Md Nazrul Islam, PM's speechwriter, quoted her as saying in a media briefing after the meeting, the national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) reported.

Hasina sought ADB's support in sectors like climate change adaptation, agriculture, river excavation and restoration.

She called upon the ADB official to take up more people-centric projects so that more people could get benefits.

Yasmin said Bangladesh is a top priority country for the ADB, and from 2009 to 2023, the development bank's support to Bangladesh has increased by five times to 3.4 billion U.S. dollars.

She also said that the ADB is keen to implement projects like river restoration, river-based tourism, recreation centers and irrigation as it is also prioritizing climate change adaptation, human and social development, technical education and health sector projects.