Dhaka, Bangladesh
PM pledges to overcome economic setback, advance dev plans

PM pledges to overcome economic setback, advance dev plans

News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Tuesday said the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed Bangladesh's economic advances to some extent but the nation would step forward defying all hurdles. COVID-19 has slowed economic advancement to some extent that might delay country's graduation to a developing nation in the stipulated time, she said, adding, "These days of COVID-19 will not last forever. We will be able to step forward defying all hurdles." The Prime Minister was addressing the Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting held at NEC conference room. She attended the meeting through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban. "The way Bangladesh was advancing economically we had our hopes that while celebrating Mujib Borsha in 2020 and the Golden Jubilee of Independence in 2021 we will be able to reduce the rate of poverty and put the country in a higher dignified level in the world through making it developing country. But, due to COVID-19, that pace of advancement has been slowed slightly," she said. Sheikh Hasina urged all to discharge their respective responsibilities maintaining appropriate health guidelines so that people of the country do not suffer. "Because, we always think for them," she said. She noted that not only Bangladesh, the whole world is in a stagnant situation due to the COVID-19 and every country has been affected by this deadly virus. "We were planning and implementing our economic programmes very well- planned way; through regular meetings we were approving our projects and implementing those. As a result, the country got a pace in economic advancement," she said, adding that due to COVID-29 pandemic everything across the globe has come to a standstill. The Prime Minister urged all to follow the health guidelines in every step of life to protect themselves and their nearest and dearest ones as well as the neighbours. "We will sincerely try to ensure protection of others (from this COVID-19)," she said. Sheikh Hasina, while talking about gradual opening of economic and other activities in the country, said that the government took the step for the convenience of the general people of the country. "We took the decision so that common people can continue and roll their livelihood," she said. The government has opened all public and private offices from Sunday while approved the plying of mass transports from Monday provided by all will follow the health guidelines to keep themselves protected from deadly COVID-19. Inputs taken from agencies

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