Browse Category

Dev Partners

UN emissary urges both parties to continue dialogue

UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernández Taranco urged both the ruling and opposition camps in Bangladesh to continue the dialogue in the spirit of goodwill and compromise. “Bangladesh leaders must continue to come together. I encourage both sides to continue the dialogue in the spirit of goodwill and compromise,” he said. tarancoThe UN envoy for Political Affairs made the call while addressing a crowded press conference before wrapping up his six-day hectic tour of Bangladesh on Wednesday to help its bickering political parties reach a...

UN rights body seek stay on Mollah’s execution

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for an eleventh-hour stay of execution for Abdul Quader Mollah, convicted of war crimes in a trial that did not meet ‘stringent international standards’ for imposition of the death penalty. Pillay urged Bangladesh President to order the last-minute stay of execution for Quader Mollah. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has written to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a last-minute appeal, to halt the execution, according to a media release issued from Geneva on Tuesday. In a statement last month, the High Commissioner urged the government of Press conference Navanethem Pillay

US envoy to lead Bangladeshi business team to HK

Dan W Mozena, ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Bangladesh will lead a high level business delegation comprising of senior Bangladeshi businessmen to Hong Kong from 8-11 December to encourage the US businesses in Hong Kong to explore new market in Bangladesh. mozenaThe main objective of the visit is to promote Bangladesh with US companies based in Hong Kong and to encourage them to explore new business opportunities in Bangladesh, says a press rlease. President of Dhaka Chamber ...

WB sets goal for access to health care

Ensuring greater access to affordable health care is a crucial factor in alleviating poverty and promoting economic growth, World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim said Friday in announcing ambitious targets for preventing and treating chronic illnesses in developing countries. About 100 million people are impoverished by medical expenses each year. The World Bank and World Health Organization aim by 2020 to reduce that figure by half and by 2030 to eliminate it altogether. The consensus among many familiar with development and poverty alleviation is that providing universal health coverage is vital for economic development, said officials attending a conference in Tokyo.

IMF concludes Article IV consultation with Bangladesh

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Bangladesh on November 27. On the same day the Executive Board also completed the third review under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement (ECF) with Bangladesh, and approved $140.4 million disbursement, says an IMF press release. Over the past two years, the Bangladesh economy has shown significant economic stabilization and progress in structural reforms, underpinned by the Fund-supported program. In that period, real GDP growth has averaged above 6 percent, while sustained garment exports, increasing public investment, and strong workers’ remittance inflows have supported demand and activity. Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s two...

Insignificant progress in graft index, Bangladesh ranks 16

Bangladesh has earned an “insignificant” progress in its fight against corruption in the current year, according to a survey report globally released yesterday by the Berlin-based NGO Transparency International. Bangladesh ranked the 16th most corrupt country in the world in the graft index, scored 27 points out of 100 this year, one point higher than the last year when it became 13th. Chairperson of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) trustee board, Sultana Kamal, however, termed it insignificant, as the country’s position still remains quite low. TIB