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UNDP Asst Administrator lauds Bangladesh's economic growth

DHAKA, Oct 11, 2017 (BSS) - Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Magdy Martinez Soliman has lauded Bangladesh for its success in economic growth over the recent years.

"Bangladesh has been able to formulate a policy for overall economic management. As a result, the country has been achieving above 6 percent growth in the recent years," he said while speaking at the inauguration session of a seminar at a hotel in New York , the USA, on Tuesday, said a press release here today.

International think tank the Institute for Policy, Advocacy and Governance (IPAG) organised the seminar titled "Towards Sustainable Development: Lessons from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Pathway for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Soliman said Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in human resources development and enhancing accountability in the public sector.

Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith also delivered a speech at the seminar.

Muhith said Bangladesh will alleviate poverty completely by 2024 as the country is moving forward to achieve the goal. "We will be able to end poverty by 2024," he added.

The minister said Bangladesh achieved most of the goals of MDGs by 2015 due to its strong willpower and the country is working to achieve the SDGs using the experience gathered from the implementation of MDGs.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN and Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Member of the Planning Commission and Senior Secretary Shamsul Alam, Finance Secretary Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury and Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shafiqul Azam, among others, were present as panelists at the seminar.