Bangladesh is on the path of graduating from the category of the least developed countries to a developing nation, said researchers of the Centre for Policy Dialogue yesterday.
The country is also pursuing implementation efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations last year, they said at a workshop in Dhaka.
Along with other factors, the media can play a critical role in attaining these international goals by providing public oversight through objective and effective reporting on delivering the international development agenda, the CPD said.
In view of this, the private think tank organised the daylong appreciation course -- LDC graduation in the context of SDGs achievements -- at Brac Centre Inn.
The CPD organised the workshop under its flagship programme Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development.
Thirty-two journalists from the print, TV and online media of Bangladesh took part in the workshop, which included lecture sessions by CPD professionals and implementation of group assignments by participants.
In her introduction, Anisatul Fatema Yousuf, head of dialogue and communication division of CPD, explained the need to better understand the complex realities of Bangladesh through the lenses of LDCs and SDGs.
CPD Executive Director Prof Mustafizur Rahman delivered a lecture -- Graduation from the least developed country category: Is Bangladesh ready for a smooth transition?
He presented the LDC graduation process, difference between LDCs and middle-income country categories, and prospects, pathways and preparedness of Bangladesh for a smooth transition.
Debapriya Bhattacharya, distinguished fellow of the CPD, highlighted the distinguishing features of SDGs, the implementation challenges for Bangladesh, and the review and follow-up processes of the global agenda.
In a presentation, Bhattacharya emphasised the role of the media in the multi-stakeholder approach of the SDGs.
Fahmida Khatun, research director of the CPD, and Khondaker Golam Moazzem, additional research director, chaired two sessions. Group work sessions were facilitated by CPD Research Fellow Towfiqul Islam Khan.
Syed Manzoorul Islam, member of the CPD board of trustees, gave away certificates among the participants.