Aug 03, 2019 | Issue 228


Hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas a big burden: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Mentioning that hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas is a big burden for Bangladesh, Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina has said it wants to resolve the Rohingya crisis through discussions with Myanmar. “Giving shelter to such a large number of Rohingyas is a big burden for us ... we want to resolve the issue through discussions,” she said during a meeting with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon this week. Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who arrived in Bangladesh this week, said that If need be, Japan will invite Myanmar and Bangladesh in Tokyo for mediation fir speedy repatriation. On a similar note, a list with names of 25,000 Rohingyas of 6,000 families was handed over to a Myanmar delegation this week.

Bangladesh has achieved hepatitis B control: WHO

Bangladesh is among the first four countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve hepatitis B control, with prevalence of the deadly disease dropping to less than one percent among five-year-old children. “Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand have become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve hepatitis B control…,” announced the World Health Organization (WHO). Studies conducted on five-year-old children in these countries corroborated the high immunisation rates, and that hepatitis B prevalence in these four countries among children was less than one percent.

UN praises Bangladesh’s digital economy

The United Nations (UN) has lauded Bangladesh for maintaining sustainable growth in its digital economy for last one decade. Bangladesh has maintained around 40% year-on-year growth in the technology sector for the last decade, according to a report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report appreciated Bangladeshi public and private sector initiatives towards the development of a strong digital economy. Bangladesh has laid down an exemplary digital foundation and is striving to prepare its citizens for the digital future, the UN agency mentioned in the assessment of the country’s readiness to engage in e-commerce shows.

Export of plastic products rises as new markets emerge

Shipments of plastic products rose 22% year-on-year to $120 million in fiscal 2018-19, something manufacturers and traders attribute to the emergence of new export destinations. In fiscal 2017-18, the export had seen a 16% year-on-year drop when China stopped importing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle scrap, according to the Export Promotion Bureau. German buyers used to place orders with Chinese manufacturers but now they are sourcing from Bangladesh to avail cheaper, quality products.

Germany to give 200m euros for development projects

Germany is going to provide 200 million euros to Bangladesh to implement a number of development projects. Of the fund, 172 million euros will be provided as economic cooperation and 28 million euros as technical cooperation. As per the agreements, projects in the renewable energy and energy efficiency area will receive 156 million euros, climate change adaptation in urban areas 26 million euros, the textile sector 7.5 million euros, water resource management 4.5 million euros, and the Sundarbans mangrove management plan 4 million euros.

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