Bangladesh Government Activities May 2014

Ministry of Food

Govt forms 6 bodies to execute dev activities

The government of Bangladesh has formed six high powered committees. The major responsibilities of the committee are to run and implement overall development activities in the country. The ministry based teams are food planning and assumption committee, national committee for industrial development, committee for overall guidance, national committee for fisheries and shrimp. The food minister leads a 17 member food planning and assumption committee. This committee will keep an eye on overall food situation. The member will also review different food related matters such as statistics of food-grain production, preserving food-grains, estimating food demand, overall food management and food and nutrition security.

Reference: The Daily Sun

 

The Food Policy Working Group meets to review the first draft of the NFP PoA & CIP Monitoring Report 2014, 5 May 2014

On 5 May 2014 a meeting was conducted by the National Food Policy Working Group (FPWG) at the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food. The main attention on the meeting was on National Food Policy Plan of Action (NFP PoA) and Country Investment Plan (CIP) first draft monitoring report 2014 review. The Director General of FPMU and the NFPCSP Chief Technical Advisor presented the report. The meeting was chaired and opened by Ms Musfeka, Secretary, Ministry of Food and was held in collaboration with the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Program (NFPCSP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). All the participants to the meeting provided comments and recommendations for improvement with specific reference to accuracy and quality of data and to ensure that the report is reliable with the views of all relevant government agencies. This report will undergo two additional revisions before finalization. The first will be based on the FPWG comments and recommendations. A new draft will be discussed in a broader stakeholder consultation scheduled to take place during the 4th week of May. The second revision will be based on the result of the stakeholder consultation following which a new draft will be prepared and submitted for discussions to the National Committee for the CIP, chaired by the Minister Food and scheduled to meet at the beginning of June. The Monitoring Report 2014 will be finalized on the recommendations of the National Committee.

Reference: NFPCSP

 

Ministry of Finance

For implementation of southern agro master plan, says Honorable Finance Minister Muhith

Economic Relations Division (ERD) organized an event to make a presentation on ‘Master Plan for Agricultural Development in the Southern Region of Bangladesh. The Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury were present on that event. For ensuring food security, the finance minister stressed on implementation of the agriculture development master plan for the country’s southern region where poverty rate is much higher than country average. The master plan is essential for ensuring sustainable food security, poverty reduction and livelihood development for the poor. The government with the technical assistance of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has prepared the master plan for a period of 2013 to 2021. The master plan covers 27 percent of the area and 21 percent of the population under 14 southern districts of the country. Muhith stated that the southern region has generally been identified as the most disadvantaged area in terms of adverse impacts of climate change and the entire region is beset with problems like frequent occurrence of cyclones, salinity, food insecurity, environmental vulnerability and limited livelihood opportunities. About implementation of the plan, Matia Chowdhury said the overall implementation of the master plan would bring out a tremendous change in the livelihood of the people living at the coastal districts. Ministers mainly focused on deficits in resource allocation for implementation of the plan.

Reference: The Daily Sun

 

Farmer-friendly budget to continue, says MA Mannan, State Minister for Finance

Centre on Budget and Policy of Dhaka University organized a seminar. Here the state minister for finance MA Mannan stated that the government will continue its support for farmers in the upcoming budget to attain self-sufficiency in food production. The prime goals of the government of Bangladesh are ensuring food security and the government will continue its support for farmers in the budget 2014-15 to attain this goal. On this program the state minister informed that they know there are hidden resources in our economy. Just to ensure food security and employment generation, now they should pay attention to those sources. Among others director of the centre Prof Dr Mohammad Abu Yusuf, Prof. Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan, Dr Kazi Maruful Islam, Oxfam official Manisha Biswas, Dr Naznin Ahmed and Sharmind Nilromi also attend the program.

Reference: The Independent

 

Microcredit alone cannot alleviate poverty, says Honorable Finance Minister Muhith

Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) organized a function to mark the 25th founding anniversary at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. At his 25th founding anniversary the Finance Minister AMA Muhith commented that Microcredit is obviously a powerful weapon for alleviating poverty. But microcredit is not the only instrument that can root out poverty alone. He also informed that contribution of education, healthcare services, sanitation and some other things are also similarly important in reducing poverty. The minister shared that they had to fight Monga even five years ago. They don’t hear about it now. Microcredit has been expanded in the country to a large extent. PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad stated that development and poverty alleviation is a political process and if the political process does not support it then it is not possible to gain its goals. He noted that alongside the government's goal for turning the country into a mid-income one by 2021, there is also a need for turning the country into a mid-living standard one. Then we could feel that we're in a stable and sustainable position.

Reference: The Daily Sun