Australia has released a Covid-19 Development Response Plan for Bangladesh, focusing on investments in long-term economic growth, inclusive education, skills development and private sector engagement.
The two-year Covid-19 Response Plan is part of Australia's recently released development strategy -- Partnerships for Recovery -- which outlines how the pacific nation will work with its global partners to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Besides, humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and the host community remains a priority for Australia, said a statement from the Australian High Commission in Bangladesh yesterday.
"Australia will place strong emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable, especially women and girls, and people with disabilities," it said.
Australia will work in partnership with the Bangladesh government to ensure its Covid-19 programmes remain closely aligned with key government initiatives, the statement said.
"Australia is committed to supporting Bangladesh's longer-term development priorities, as outlined in its 8th Five Year-Plan."
Fatima Yasmin, secretary of the Economic Relations Division, said "The Government of Bangladesh is finalising the 8th Five-Year Plan, where Covid-19 recovery strategy has been incorporated.
"We believe Australia's Covid-19 response plan for Bangladesh will be aligned with the government's priorities," she added.
Australia and Bangladesh have shared interests in a secure, prosperous and inclusive Indian Ocean region. Australia appreciates its strong development, people-to-people and trade ties with Bangladesh, the Australian High Commission said.