ICC praises Bangladesh achievements in attaining MDGs targets

Business Report

International Chamber of Commerce Chairman Paul Polman said China and Bangladesh are major contributor to the achievement of the MDGs (millennium development goals) globally, said a press release.
The ICC Chairman who is also Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, while addressing a reception hosted by ICC Bangladesh in Dhaka late on Sunday, observed that MDGs have achieved notable progress in many global issues and also have given the hope to create a new world within existing means.
That’s why the 2030 Agenda for SDGs (sustainable development goals) has also offered a set of bold, ambitious and innovative package to transform the world. Distinguished people like Ms. Kim Polman, Present Prof. RehmanSobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD); Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder & Chairperson of BRAC University were present.
Justice K. M. Hasan, Former Chief Justice of Bangladesh; Justice Tafazzul Islam, Former Chief Justice of Bangladesh; Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank; Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank; Mr. MahfuzAnam, Editor & Publisher, The Daily Star; Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), President FBCCI; Barrister Ms. NihadKabir, President, MCCI; Mr. Osama Taseer, President DCCI also attended the reception among others.
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Economic Affairs Dr. A.K.M Mashiur Rahman, attended the reception as the chief guest.”I believe Bangladesh Businesses will be able to understand what the individual SDGs are actually about, how their own activity contributes towards the achievement of each one and the action and investment required” he said.
Paul also said that Bangladesh is consistently cited as one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Long-term impacts from a rise in sea level and global temperature could displace millions of people.
Improving the country’s resilience to immediate and future climate risks is essential to the continuing development of Bangladesh, he added.
Dr. Mashiur Rahman said the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was working on reducing the non-performing loan, improving doing business index, customs modernization and other issues to attract moré investments by both local foreign investors.
Paul mentioned that according to 2017 Report of Development Finance International (DFI) and Oxfam the gap between the rich and the poor are widening instead of reducing.
The index is based on a new database of indicators, covering 157 countries, which measures government action on social spending, tax and labour rights – three areas found to be critical to reducing the gap. The report recommends that all countries should develop national inequality action plans to achieve SDG 10 on reducing inequality, he said.
ICCB Chairman Mahbubur Rahman, President Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry & Managing Director British American Tobacco Bangladesh Co. Ltd. ShehzadMunim also spoke on the occasion.

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