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Coordinated efforts and action plan needed to achieve SDG

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) organizes seminar on “Transition from MDG to SDG: opportunities and challenges for Industry and business” at DCCI on Saturday.

State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Planning M A Mannan was present as the chief guest while DCCI President Hossain Khaled chaired the seminar.

In his address of welcome DCCI President Hossain Khaled said that out of 17 goals of the SDG 7 goals are directly linked with business. He urged for infrastructure development, power and energy security, skill development, technology adaptation, policy framework, long term strategy for attaining SDG.

He also urged for ensuring easy financing for the SMEs as it is the main driving force of our economy.

He called upon to establish a ‘National Implementation Forum’ which will be a single platform consisting of public and private sector representatives along with all stakeholders for monitoring implementation process of SDG initiatives. 

State Minister Mannan said that to achieve sustainable development goal (SDG) we have make a link between the rural and urban community.

Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are resilient enough and they are moving the country ahead, he said.

He also said that we have to be self reliant for achieving the target and government is in all the way committed to facilitate the private sector. He also underscored the importance of skilled workforce for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).

He termed ‘Branding’ as the originality which we have to uphold in the international arena in a very positive manner as it is one of the integral parts of SDG.

He also said that in MDG, Bangladesh has done well, and if we work collectively, SDG will also be achieved. 

Executive Director of Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur presented the keynote paper.

He said that the private sector played a leading role as the driver of economic activities. He also showed that from the year 2000 to 2014 Industrial sector growth was 7.8 percent.

For achieving SDG he urged for adequate infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization through innovation. He said energy outlook for Bangladesh and plan for reliance in coal in future will be a major challenge for us.

Unplanned urbanization will also be a challenge we need to address now, he said. SDG forecasts 7% percent GDP for LDC countries which he said is a opportunity for Bangladesh as the country is very close to attain the target.

Assistant Country Director, UNDP-Bangladesh Palash Kanti Das said that the 7th Five Year Plan coincides with the SDG goals in many ways. He stressed for framing an action plan prioritizing the goals to achieve the SDG.

He called upon the private sector to work with the public sector.

Director General of Bangladesh Institute Development Studies (BIDS) Dr. Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid said that to achieve SDG quality education, rule of law and agriculture development are some key priorities to look into. He also urged for policy framework for using natural resources.

Chairman of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and former President, DCCI Asif Ibrahim urged for investment in infrastructure development with public private partnership initiative.

He also said that we have to look into power, energy and food security. He called upon to make best use of remittance and foreign exchange reserve by investing in industry.

He urged the government to stimulate SME entrepreneurship and promote them with adequate financing. He also urged to coincide the 7th five year plan with SDG.

DCCI’s Senior Vice President Humayun Rashid, Vice President Md. Shoaib Choudhury, Directors AKD Khair Mohammad Khan, Khandakar Abdul Muktadir, Kh Atique-e-Rabbani FCA, Convenors MS Siddiqui, Ryiadh Hossain took part in the open discussion session.

The discussants urged for national database, opportunity for all, increasing renewable energy generation, technology transfer, cross border cooperation, regional connectivity, agricultural products diversification, focusing on cash crop production and reducing carbon emission.  

DCCI Director Alhaj Abdus Salam, former Vice Presidents Golam Mustafa, Abu Hurairah, Absar Karim Chowdhury, former Directors Nazir Hossain, Alhaj Abdul Aziz Sarker and Secretary General AHM Rezaul Kabir were also present during the seminar.

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