Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has tabled a four-point resolution at the 7th session of the UN-ESCAP calling for strengthening the role of developed world and development partners in speedy recovery from the Kavid-19 epidemic. He made the proposals to state leaders in a speech at the 7th session of the Asia-Pacific Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP) on Monday.
Sheikh Hasina said many people have already died and hundreds more are dying every day from this viral disease. This epidemic has made many people poorer and poorer. It has pushed many people back into poverty. In this context, Sheikh Hasina presented a four-point proposal to ESCAP and said that the developed world, development partners and international financial institutions must come forward with initiative to recover quickly from the epidemic crisis. He opined that the development process should be inclusive, sustainable and environmentally friendly to better cope with any crisis.
In the other two proposals, Sheikh Hasina said policies and strategies should be adopted to build a strong and universal public health system in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, the Prime Minister emphasized on creating a path of uninterrupted communication in the fields of trade, transport, energy and ICT and science and technology.
Highlighting Bangladesh’s initiatives to cope with the impact of the epidemic, Sheikh Hasina said the government has already announced an incentive package of about ৬ 14.6 billion to strengthen social security, employment and the economy, which is about 4.44 per cent of the country’s GDP.
He also said that Bangladesh’s latest five-year plan contains guidelines for recovering from the Kovid-19 epidemic and preparing the country for smooth and sustainable LDC graduation, achieving SDGs and moving towards becoming a prosperous country by 2041.
He called on the international community to pay more attention to an effective solution through the sustainable repatriation of 1.1 million Rohingya who have been forcibly displaced from Myanmar.
Commenting on Bangladesh regional cooperation as the most effective way to achieve common prosperity, Sheikh Hasina said in her recorded speech, “We are associated with initiatives like SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN, BCIM-EC and Tripartite Highway.” The South-South Network for Public Service Innovation is assisting Bangladesh through partnerships with other countries.
Expressing support for ESCAP’s Asian Highways and Trans-Asian Railways initiatives, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh is also actively involved in cross-border paperless trade, Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement, PPP networking, renewable energy and other UN-ESCAP initiatives.
Escap is one of five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The commission consists of 53 members and 9 associate members. Most of the members are from Asia and Pacific region. In addition to countries in Asia and the Pacific, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States are also members of the Commission.
President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Indonesia Joko Yudodo, President of Kiribati Taneti Mamuya, Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic Sadir Japarov, President of the Republic of Kyrgyz Republic Sadir Japarov, President of the Marshall Islands President David Kabulya Kausaya Natano made a virtual speech at the event.
In the last 24 hours, 98 people have died due to coronavirus in the country. The total death toll in Corona was 11,150. In the last 24 hours, 3,306 people have been infected with the coronavirus. The total number of corona patients in the country so far stands at 6 lakh 46 thousand 728 people.
This information was given in the regular press release of the Department of Health on Monday (April 26) afternoon.
The press release further mentioned that 4,241 people have recovered on this day. So far, a total of 6 lakh 71 thousand 693 people have recovered.
Earlier on Sunday (April 25), 101 people died in Corona and 2,922 new Corona cases were reported.