ADB’s Shixin Chen foresees a ‘different Bangladesh’ after 10 yrs

Noting that the country has made a tremendous socioeconomic progress, visiting Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Shixin Chen on Tuesday said it will be a ‘different Bangladesh’ after 10 years, reports the UNB.

He made the remarks at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office in the city.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

The ADB vice president said Bangladesh has achieved tremendous progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, expressing his belief that it will be ‘a different Bangladesh’ after another 10 years so far progress is concerned.

He hailed Sheikh Hasina for her being elected as the Prime Minister for 4th term through the recently held general election.

Applauding the country’s 7.86 GDP growth attained in the last fiscal year, Shixin Chen assured that the ADB will continue to assist Bangladesh in its development endvours in different sectors, including infrastructure, water, education and agriculture.

Sharing Chinese experiences during its graduation period, he said ensuring food for the people, poverty reduction and social protection programmes are important for development.

Shixin Chen said the ADB highly commended Sheikh Hasina for showing her generosity by accepting displaced Rohingyas. The ADB provided a package totaling US$ 200 million to help develop basic infrastructure and services for the displaced Myanmar people, he added.

The ADB vice president said he was impressed with Sheikh Hasina’s keynote speech delivered at the conference of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held in Italy in 2018.

The Prime Minister sought support from the ADB in implementing the Delta Plan 2100 adding that the government has already signed an agreement with the Netherlands for capital dredging of the country’s rivers.

About manmade disasters, she said Bangladesh is now able to handle manmade disasters like terrorism.