Creating more entrepreneurship opportunities is a prerequisite for poverty reduction in the country, economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said yesterday.
“More investment has to be made on where productivity is, so that productivity along with profit, savings, and investment increase,” he said.
He was speaking at a seminar at the conference room of NGO Affairs Bureau in the capital.
The bureau in collaboration with Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD) arranged the seminar on “Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and NGO's Partnership”.
Kholiquzzaman, chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation, said for creating entrepreneurship, five key components -- training, technology, market information, marketing support, and proper financing -- would be required.
He said significant investment in the country's rural settings has been made but it remained outside of the government's official information mechanism because of data gap.
Speakers at the seminar stressed on strengthening collaboration between government and non-government sectors for achieving sustainable development in the country.
Addressing as chief guest, Abul Kalam Azad, chief coordinator for SDG Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office, said NGOs have made better contribution than that of the government sector in terms of the country's development.
He called upon the non-government sector to ensure more transparency in financial disbursements.
Presenting a paper, Shimul Sen, senior assistant chief at the General Economic Division of Bangladesh Planning Commission, said around USD 928.48 billion additional (than the 2015-16 constant prices) funding would be required from 2017 to 2030 to fully implement the SDGs in the country.
Aroma Dutta, lawmaker and executive director of PRIP Trust, said that more work has to be done for ensuring better partnership between government and non-government sectors.
Chairing the seminar, NGO Affairs Bureau Director General KM Abdus Salam said the government is committed to an effective partnership with the NGO sector, and that commitment is apparent in engagement of different ministries in various projects.
ALRD Chairperson Khushi Kabir, among others, spoke at the seminar.