Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee to be established

Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee will

be established to support the country's private sector to work together with

the government, the UN, as well as national and international development


This initiative will facilitate advancement of the 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development

Goals in Bangladesh.

The establishment of the Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee (BPSWC)

was jointly announced today by President of the Federation of Bangladesh

Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Md. Jashim Uddin, President of

Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) Ardashir Kabir and United Nations

Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis, said a press release here


The signing ceremony to establish the committee took place at the UN Resident

Coordinator's Office in Bangladesh and was attended by representatives of the

private sector, international organisations, and the government of

Bangladesh, including the country director of the International Labour

Organisation (ILO) Tuomo Poutiainen, resident representative of the United

Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh Stefan Liller, Additional

Secretary of SDG Affairs at Prime Minister's Office Mohd. Monirul Islam,

Adviser of Safety Council, FBCCI Brig Gen (Retd) Abu Nayeem Md. Shahidullah,

Adviser of trade and tariff policy, FBCCI Manzur Ahmed and the Secretary

General of BEF Farooq Ahmed.

Welcoming the establishment of BPSWC, the UN resident coordinator in

Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis highlighted the committee's potential to further the

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its plan to link its work with

the 2022-2026 UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, signed by the

UN and the Government.

"When it comes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Bangladesh's private

sector has so much to gain, and so much to give. The UN welcomes the creation

of a Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee, because private sector

action on the SDGs is essential to realise the 2030 Agenda, and enable

Bangladesh to achieve inclusive sustainable development that leaves no one

behind" the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh said.

President of FBCCI and the Chairman of BPSWC Md. Jashim Uddin, President of

the Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) and the Co-chairman of BPSWC

Ardashir Kabir shared their views on the BPSWC's plans to help private

companies and support the implementation of SDGs.

ILO country director for Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen and UNDP resident

representative in Bangladesh Stefan Liller welcomed the establishment of the

committee, adding that the UN agencies are looking forward to working

together with the BPSWC for the sustainable development of the country and

ensuring smooth transition towards the LDC Graduation.

A total of 19 representatives of the Bangladeshi private sector companies

have been selected to be members of the committee, while the UN resident

coordinator or delegates of the UN agencies may participate in BPSWC meetings

as guests and observers or on the invitation of the committee's Chairman.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha