Bangladesh has called on the international community to extend its support to aspiring countries in their transformation from least developed countries (LDCs) to developing ones, a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in the United Nations said.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the call at the general debate of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FFD) at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
He also urged them to revisit the current policy for these countries in the initial stages in order to help them enjoy and maintain a smooth and sustained transformation.
“Graduation from the LDC category has been our national aspiration and Bangladesh has been making fast strides to achieve sustainable development articulated in its national Vision 2021 and Vision 2041,” Kamal said making his country's case at the forum.
He mentioned that Bangladesh's economy is estimated to grow at 8.13 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 6.5 percent in 2014 and the per capita income has increased by more than 250 percent between 2006 and 2018.
Also, poverty came down to 21.4 percent last year from 40 percent in 2006, he added.
Kamal also urged the international community to save the planet from climate change. He said Bangladesh contributes nothing to the climate change although this phenomenon is hugely impacting its development efforts.
Mentioning that the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar are putting a considerable stress on Bangladesh's development, he emphasised on their sustainable repatriation to their homeland. He also urged the international community to come forward for the permanent solution of this crisis.
UN secretary-general, president of the General Assembly, ministers from member states, high officials from different ministries, executive directors of the World Bank and IMF, senior UN officials and international organisations, civil society organisations, business sector and local authorities participated at the meeting to be ended on April 18.