DHAKA, Planning Minister MA Mannan today said that the
government is ahead in eradicating poverty in the country by 2030 as per
target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Planning Minister said this while addressing a seminar on 'Women's
empowerment towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' as
chief guest held at the Planning Ministry's conference room in city's Shere
Bangla Nagar area.
USbased Hunger Project Global Vice President and Country Director Dr
Badiul Alam Majumder made the keynote presentation at the seminar. General
Economics Division (GED) member of the Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam
Mannan said it is possible to eradicate poverty from the country by 2030
and to achieve this target, the NGOs, the civil society organizations and the
private sector will have to work with the government in a coordinated manner.
Terming the targets envisaged in the SDGs as universal, he said that the
government is pursuing a 'whole society approach' in this regard which aims
to 'Leave no one behind, rather to take everyone with them'.
The Planning Minister opined that the civil society organizations like the
Hunger Project could play an important role in this regard as the government
can channel their knowledge and experiences into its acts through them.
Citing that seasonal poverty like 'Monga' not only existed in Bangladesh,
but such poverty was also seen in the rich countries or among the countries
of the north in the past and they have coped with it with the passage of
He said the government is now putting its utmost efforts to contain the
spread of 'dengue' virus through various cleaning operations.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)