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WB stands with Bangladesh to support Rohingyas

DHAKA, Oct 12, 2017 (BSS) - The World Bank (WB) is ready to move a
programme of support for the Bangladesh government and Rohingyas as
Bangladesh asked the development partner for support to cope with hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas.

"While Bangladesh has kept its doors open to the refugee influx, its ability to provide for them has been stretched, as the country struggles with its own poverty challenges," said a press release issued by the World Bank in Washington DC on Wednesday.

"The value of the WB investment has yet to be decided but the program of support could include expanding access to health, education, water,
sanitation, and roads," the release added.

"The situation has affected Bangladesh greatly and is still evolving with new refugees arriving every day," said Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith during a meeting with Annette Dixon, vice president of the
World Bank for the South Asia Region.

"We are especially thankful for the strength and generosity of the
Bangladeshi people. However, the scale of the needs requires a global
humanitarian and development response, and we look forward to the World Bank's support," he added.

The government of Bangladesh can tap into a new and innovative World Bank financing instrument, the special window for refugees of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank's fund for the poorest.

"We appreciate that Bangladesh is supporting the Rohingya people as it works diligently to reduce poverty and increase prosperity," said Annette Dixon.

"While we hope the refugees can safely return home soon, it is important that the international community support them and the host communities in the near term with basic services. We will do everything we can to provide that support," he added.