Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Wednesday said Bangladesh has made it a policy priority to link up infrastructural development with human development, resulting in social uplift and women empowerment, reports BSS.
“Interestingly, social justice and equity remained on equal track resulting in enviable socio economic progress in Bangladesh,” he said. The minister came up with the observations while addressing a discussion on ‘Strengthening Partnership to Drive Asia’s Infrastructure Vision’ at Asia Infrastructure Forum, 2019, at Marina Bay Sand Expo and Convention Center, Singapore this morning, law ministry sources said in the capital on Wednesday.
Enterprise Singapore Chief Executive Officer PNG Cheong Boon and World Bank’s Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub, director Jyoti Shukla presented welcome speech on the occasion. Laos vice minister Lattanamany Khounnyvong, World Bank vice president Victoria Kwakwa, JBIC, Japan, governor and representative director Tadashi Maeda, and Cambodian permanent secretary of state Vongsey Vissoth spoke on the occasion, among others.
“Since assuming office in 2009, government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly to implement its core pre-election pledge ‘Vision 2021’, for turning Bangladesh into a middle income nation by the time we celebrate the golden jubilee of our independence. Vision 2021 highlighted regional connectivity as a key tool in achieving development aspirations,” the law minister said.
Highlighting regional cooperation between Bangladesh and its neighboring countries, Anisul added that the countries have received great boost during the last ten years from Bangladesh’s pro-active stance on enhancing connectivity in South and South East Asia. “Bangladesh is playing a leading role in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) which groups together Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan in a forum for multilateral cooperation,” he further said.
The minister said with deeper trade, investment and connectivity linkages within the sub-region, Bangladesh is offering its neighbors to take the benefit of its markets, high quality and better priced products and the opportunities for transport and logistics services.