Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) –Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday laid emphasis on updating the document - climate fiscal framework (CFF) -to make it more citizen centric, leaving no one behind and reduce impact of climate change.
The climate fiscal framework, instituted in 2014, has been the key document to ensure that external and internal finances are used most effectively in addressing climate change, they said.
The speakers made the observation at a validation workshop on Climate Fiscal Framework (CFF), organised by the Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) project of the Finance Division and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at CIRDAP auditorium.
Since the adaptation of CFF, it has been providing necessary guidelines for tracking climate related expenditures, estimating potential costs of long terms financing needs to combat effects of climate change and elaborate the role of government of Bangladesh towards managing climate finances in order to attain sustainability.
But as the landscape of Global and Bangladesh development has been changed, updating the CFF is also required.
Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury, Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh, while speaking as a chief guest at the inaugural session said, “Whole of society approach is necessary for financing and ensuring transparency and accountability in using the funds.”
He thanked UNDP for its support since the beginning of CFF.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, addressing as a special guest, said, “CFF has a very clear focus on marginalized people who might be left behind. Updating CFF will ensure the whole of society approach, including private sector, NGOs as well as the government bodies for building resilience to climate change.”
He also ensured the support of UNDP to any initiative of the government on climate change in future.
Abdur Rouf Talukder, Secretary, Finance Division said, CFF is a living document and it needs updating periodically.
Earlier, Ramendra Nath Biswas, Additional Secretary, Finance Division and the National Project Director, IBFCR in his welcoming remarks said, “Bangladesh is on a development highway, but the growth rate is being slowed down due to the adverse effects of climate change.
In this context, the Finance Division (FD) is trying to manage fiscal inputs and other issues related to this project to enhance climate finance governance.”
Ranjit Kumar Chakraborty, Project Manager, IBFCR, in his key note presentation explained the process of integrating climate change policies and public finance and highlighted the rationale for updating the CFF.
He said,” SDGs are considered in updating the CFF and the emerging gaps such as limited attention to fiscal policy, private sector issues, transition from whole of government to whole of society approach.”
The daylong workshop had two sessions, while the first session focused on Climate Fiscal Framework the second session focused on Climate Inclusive Macro-Economic Framework, where DrShamsulAlam Member (Senior Secretary) General Economic Division was present as the chief guest along with Shirajun Noor Chowdhury, Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Dr Altaf-ul-Alam, Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute and Abdur Rouf Talukder, Secretary Finance Division.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the authorities concerned to take such development projects that will not affect people.
"We'll definitely undertake development projects, but the development will have to be for people. There should be no development (project) harming people,” she said.
The Prime Minister made the remarks during a presentation of Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI) Project at her office in the city.
PM's Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the event.
The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to provide proper compensation in time to the people whose lands acquired for development project.
She said the aim of her government is to improve the living standard of people and all of them can lead a beautiful life.
Talking about the development of Cox's Bazar, Sheikh Hasina said the coastal district was once very neglected and its people used to lead an inhuman life.
"Once there was nothing in Cox's Bazar and the people of the entire region used to depend on only salt and betel leaf cultivation," she was quoted as saying.
Hasina said now her government is developing Cox's Bazar as a tourist hub. Besides, the government is setting up industries in char areas, including Matarbari of the district, after discussion with the community people there, she said.
The Prime Minister said the largest coal-fired power plant of the country, a coal jetty and an LNG terminal are being built at Matarbari.
Besides, a multipurpose seaport, special economic zone, road, rail and other relevant projects are being taken there, she added.
Various countries like Japan, China, India and Korea have already expressed their interest to make investment in Matarbari, said the Prime Minister.
Once the projects are implemented, she said, Matarbari will play a big role not only in the development of the region, also in the country's economy.
Mentioning that the world's largest unbroken sea beach is in Cox's Bazar, the Prime Minister said the government is setting up an economic zone alongside developing it as a tourist centre.
The construction work on Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway has already been completed, while the work on setting up rail lines up to Cox's Bazar is progressing fast, she said adding that high-speed train will be introduced on the route.
Hasina said work is underway to develop Cox's Bazar Airport as an international one.
At the outset of the function, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, Paban Chowdhury handed over a master plan on the MIDI Project to the Prime Minister.
Ministers and secretaries concerned as well as high officials of the different ministries and departments were present at the event moderated by Principal Coordinator on the SDG Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office Md Abul Kalam Azad.
The officials concerned said the Costal Economic Corridor from Mirsarai to Teknaf is very important for Bangladesh's economic progress.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Estate ( Feni Economic Zone, Mirsarai Economic Zone, Sitakundu Economic Zone), Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI) Project and Sabrang Eco Tourism Park have been included in the Corridor, they said.
Noting that the MIDI project is a Fast Track one, they said the work on formulating draft on the Land Use Survey the project site is underway by JICA.
The Japan government has proposed implementing 15 projects out of 37 identified ones in the project site with their investment. The amount of the proposed investment of JICA is about 20 billion US dollars, the officials said.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to strengthen collaboration with Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) for increasing rice production in the country.
She made the call when IRRI Director General Dr Matthew Morell met her at the Prime Minister’s Office.
PM's Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the meeting.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for strengthening research works to invent saline-, cold- and draught-tolerant varieties of rice on a large scale, and improve deep water rice varieties.
She emphasised increasing the production capacity of rice in the country continuously as the arable land is declining.
“Our farmers are very smart and quick learners. They can easily adopt technology,” Nazrul quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
Talking about crop pattern, she said Bangladesh cultivates wheat, maize, pulse and other crops in the northern region, which need less water.
Hasina asked the authorities concerned to take steps to boost rice production in the southern region.
She stressed the need for increasing the use of surface water reducing dependence on underground water for irrigation to protect the environment. So, the country’s water bodies, including rivers, canals and beels, are being re-excavated for irrigation, she added.
The Prime Minister appreciated the existing collaboration between the IRRI and BRRI.
The IRRI Director General said IRRI is keen to take a collaborative programme with BRRI to increase rice production in Bangladesh.
Raising a 14-point action plan designed by IRRI under the collaborative programme, he said if the action plan can be implemented, Bangladesh will be able to go on high growth in rice production and sustain the country’s food security.
The action plans include increasing production in Aush areas, inventing varieties of Aman crops, increasing Boro production overcoming stagnancy, making hybrid rice suitable for local environment through research and introducing nutritious and healthy rice in Bangladesh.
The other action plans include inventing cold-tolerant Boro variety for Haor areas protecting crops from flashflood, working on saline-tolerant varieties for coastal areas, overcoming harvesting and seed problems, enhancing mechanisation to reduce production cost, inventing climate changes-resistant varieties, shifting cropping pattern of the northern region to the southern regions and quacking dissemination of technology to farmers.
Dr Matthew said IRRI is interested to work on this action plans in a partnership with BRRI.
The Prime Minister appreciated the action plan.
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Prime Minister’s International Affairs Advisor Dr Gowhar Rizvi, Agriculture secretary Md Nasiurzzaman ,
and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hassan were present.
BRRI Director General Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir, IRRI representative for South Asia DrNafeesMeah and IRRI representative for Bangladesh DrHumnathBhandari were present at the meeting.
The IRRI is an independent, non-profit, research institute founded in 1960. The Philippines-based institute has offices in 17 rice-growing countries, including Bangladesh in Asia and Africa.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNN) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday provided financial assistance of Tk 2.07 crore to 10 individuals to meet the expenses of their medical treatment and livelihood.
The Prime Minister handed over the cheques of the financial assistance among them and their family members at her office.
Those who received the financial assistance include freedom fighters, political and cultural activists as well as one who was injured in the 21st August Grenade attack.
PM's Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the distribution of the cheques.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) - As part of its tour around the region, World’s most efficient single aisle commercial jet Embraer’s E190-E2 arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Thursday morning.
The test flight arrived here around 12:31 after flying from Indira Gandhi Int'l Airport in New Delhi, India for flying around one hour and 37 minutes, according to the flight chart.
Sporting a shark livery to represent the aircraft’s ‘profit hunter’ status, the aircraft will offer Embraer’s guests a closer look at the world’s quietest, cleanest and most efficient new-generation single-aisle aircraft.
“We are proud to bring this aircraft to the region for the second time to show the amazing capabilities of the E190-E2,” said Cesar Pereira, Asia Pacific Vice President, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“The E190-E2 offers airlines the benefit of lower operating costs and is capable of achieving similar costs per seat of larger re-engined narrowbody aircraft, with significantly lower costs per trip. We have also received a lot of positive feedback about the aircraft performance, low fuel consumption, sleek and modern interior and low cabin noise and we are excited to show it to a wider audience.”
Delivered to its launch customer in April last year, and now operated by two airlines Norway’s Widerøe and Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, the E190-E2 has gained a reputation in the industry for having met all its milestones ahead of schedule, and with final specifications better than the originally expected.
The E-Jets E2’s value proposition in the Asia Pacific region is its ability to enable airlines to sustainably develop more routes secondary or tertiary cities. These are routes that can potentially bypass the major metro airports such as Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, New Delhi and Mumbai which are heavily congested. This enables airlines to achieve sustainable growth without being constrained by infrastructure bottlenecks, while offering passengers improved services with more non-stop flights.
Embraer forecasts a demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats worldwide, worth USD 600 billion, over the next 20 years, more than 3,000 of which will origin from the Asia Pacific region, including China.
Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and the E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications. The first-generation E-Jets are operated by 70 airlines in 50 countries. This includes all the mainline US carriers, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Tianjin Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines and Mandarin Airlines.
The E-Jets E2 is the most efficient family of aircraft in the single-aisle market burning up to 10% less fuel than its direct competitor. The E190-E2 brings also more flexibility with maximum range of up to 5,300 km or about 1,000 km longer than the first-generation E190.
In January 2018, as the aircraft neared the end of its flight test campaign, final results showed that the aircraft is better than its original specification and even more efficient than other single aisle aircraft. In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1.3% better than originally expected, which represents a 17.3% improvement when compared to the first-generation E190. In terms of pilot transition, pilots of the first-generation E-Jets will need only 2.5 days of training and no full flight simulator to fly an E2.
Flight test results also confirmed the E190-E2 to be better than its original specification in takeoff performance in hot-and-high conditions as well as short field takeoff.
E190-E2 also becomes the aircraft with the longest maintenance intervals in the single aisle market with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means additional 15 days of aircraft utilization in a period of ten years compared to the first-generation E-Jets.
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.
Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.
Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.