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Addressing Violence Against Women and Ensuring Women Empowerment

Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh guarantees equal rights and opportunities for women and men in the Articles 19, 27, 28, and 29. Article 19(1) ensures equality of opportunity for all citizens. Article 27 states that all citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law. Article 28(1) states that the state shall not discriminate against any citizen on the ground of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. Article 28(2) states that women shall have equal rights with men in all spheres of the state and of public life and Article 28(4) paves the way for special provision to facilitate the advancement of women and children.

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Agenda

The forum will have an inaugural session, one key note session, eight thematic working sessions and a closing session. The implementation review of Bangladesh’s Seventh Five Year Plan (7th FYP) and recent progress of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be discussed in the forum. It will focus on the implementation challenges of the 7th FYP and the looming resource gaps to attain the SDGs.

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BDF2018 Communique

Ministers and leading representatives of the Government of Bangladesh, development partners, multilateral, regional and bilateral development and financial institutions, and civil society organizations met in Dhaka on January 17-18, 2018 for the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF2018). The Honorable Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Forum, which was last held in November 2015 (BDF2015).

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Building Resilience in Agriculture and Extreme Climatic Condition

Agriculture is the key driver of Bangladesh economic growth as well as food and nutritional security. Growth in agriculture reduces poverty at a faster rate compared to other sectors. Transformation of agriculture is taking place due to favorable policy environment and technology driven interventions. Producing more diversified crops in shrinking land for growing population is the prime focus of the country’s development agenda. Government of Bangladesh is highly committed to protect and improve the environment and to preserve and safeguard the natural resources, biodiversity, wetlands, forests, fisheries and livestock for

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Concept Note

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of independence of Bangladesh. In recognition of the long-term development challenges, the government adopted the seminal Vision 2021. Bangladesh’s
‘Vision 2021’ lays down a pragmatic development framework for citizens to have a higher standard of living, be better educated, find better social justice, have a more equitable socio-economic environment, and ensure the sustainability of development through better protection from climate change and natural disasters. At present the country is implementing its Seventh Five-Year Plan (SFYP) with the expectation to realize its Vision. SFYP, which is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), lays out a roadmap during 2016-2020 for higher, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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Creating an Enabling Environment for FDI and Private Sector Growth

Bangladesh has been progressing steadily in her development journey with ambitious targets for growth and investment including foreign direct investment (FDI). The country aspires to graduate to the upper middle status by 2021 targeting to achieve the average GDP growth rate of 7.4%, reach an investment-GDP ratio of 34% and tradeGDP ratio of 50%, attract average FDI annual inflow of $6.7 billion and attain an export target of $54 billion.

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Effective partnership for uplift

The development partners of Bangladesh will review the problems and prospects of the country at the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) scheduled to be held in the capital on Wednesday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Forum and Finance Minister AMA Muhith will chair the inaugural session. The Economic Relations Division (ERD) has regularly been organising the high-level multi-stakeholder participatory forum as a platform for dialogues among development partners, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), development think-tanks, development practitioners, leaders from business and industry.

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Fostering Quality Education and Skills for Employment

This paper briefly presents recent achievementsof Bangladesh in education sector including gains against Millennium Development Goals(MDG) targetsand the planned measures to be taken to achieve quality education for all students so that they can develop skills and knowledge to achieve Sustainable Development Goal-4 by 2030.

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HFM-Speech-English BDF 2018

AssalamuAlaikum and Good Morning. Let me take the chance to wish all of you a very happy new year. I am honored to welcome you all to the Bangladesh Development Forum 2018. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Just after taking over the office in 2009, we started our journey towards the dream of Sonar Bangla (golden Bangladesh), cherished without any shadow of doubt by Our Father of the Nation, Bangabadhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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HPM Speech

Assalumu alaikum and a very good morning to you all. I welcome you all in the inaugural session of Bangladesh Development Forum 2018. I pay my deep homage to the memory of the greatest Bangali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the beginning of the speech. I pay my deep respect to four national leaders, 3 million martyrs and 2 lakh women, who lost their innocence, in the war of liberation.

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Improving Urban Service Delivery for Sustainable Development

Under the visionary leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been successfully pursuing its development agenda ‘Vision 2021’ to become a middle income country by 2021. The planned interventions and relentless efforts of the Government to overcome development related challenges have ensured a commendable and steady growth in various economic
and social indicators in recent years resulting in faster urbanization. Therefore, rapid urbanization, like many other developing economies, has appeared as a development reality in Bangladesh.

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Keynote

Bangladesh’s advancement in social indicators particularly life expectancy, under 5 mortality, fertility rate, enrolment of girls, immunization has been outstanding. One of the major focuses of this paper is to review the implementation status of the 7th FYP against major targets and challenges of implementation of SDGs. In terms of 7th plan progress, the country performed notably in GDP growth rate, public investment, curbing inflation, under five mortality rate, total fertility rate, life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rate.

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LDC Transition- Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Challenges are integral for any development process. It derives from time, people, policy and/or circumstances. Provided these issues are critically analyzed and strategically planned for, most can indeed be turned into opportunities for the development progress. There is no obvious single solution or silver bullet to transform the socio-economic and governance systems of a country in a manner to convert the challenges into opportunities for sustainable economic and social development. The changing economic environment and perspectives associated with LDC graduation can open up new windows of opportunities that can actually help Bangladesh to take necessary steps with a fresh endeavor to become an upper middle-income country by 2031 and highincome country by 2041.

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SDG financing and strengthening multistakeholder partnerships

Bangladesh has become a frontrunner in implementing SDGs, setting an example of the best practice in mainstreaming global goals and targets into the national plan with an effective drive in SDGs implementation by involving all stakeholders. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of cost assessment and strategy for financing SDGs in the light of Bangladesh perspective. The estimates based on report by GED that an additional amount, over the current provision of investment related to SDGs by domestic and external sources, would be USD 928.48 billion at 2015-16 constant prices.

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Tackling Inequality and Ensuring Health for All

Bangladesh has been undergoing steady social and economic changes, more so since 1990. Over the past two and half decades, the country registered significant rise in both gross domestic product (GDP) and gross national income (GNI). The economy of Bangladesh has been growing consistently in recent years, averaging 6.5 percent since 2010, with growth of 7.28 percent in 2017
and per capita income of US$ 1,610 (BBS, 2017). There has been a dramatic reduction in the extent of poverty in Bangladesh. With a total population of 163 million, Bangladesh reached the lower-middle-income country group in 2014. However, a considerable proportion of the population still lives below the poverty-line.

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