US Ambassador JF Moriarty yesterday said Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is a backward region. For this reason, his government is very sincere towards the development of the backward areas where most people are very poor.
A project titled "Integrated protected areas co-management (IPAC)", funded by the US, was launched in CHT for conservation of forests as well as wildlife.
The project will help people of concerned areas for development of their integrated economic condition, said the US envoy while talking to the Chairman of Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) Nikhil Kumar Chakma at the latter's office.
The envoy sought cooperation from the district council for successful implementation of the project.
The ambassador also assured the RHDC chairman that he would ask his government for more development works in the region.
Nikhil informed the US envoy that his council is implementing different development schemes in the region to alleviate poverty.
He also said initiatives were taken to create employment for impoverished youths and integrated development of financial situation of the downtrodden and backward people in the region.
Aungsui Prue Chowdhury, Depak Chakrabarty, Marufur Rashisd Khan and Arun Nendu Tripura were also present during the discussion.
Earlier, the ambassador met with chairman of CHT Regional Council Santu Larma at the latter's office.