Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that Bangladesh has one of the lowest debt-to-GDP ratios in the world.
He said Bangladesh has never failed to pay domestic and foreign debt.
Kamal said this while attending the annual meeting at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila on Tuesday, according to a press release of the finance ministry.
The finance minister also attended a bilateral meeting with president of ADB, Masatsugu Asakawa.
The finance minister said that currently, the cumulative financing of ADB in Bangladesh stands at $27.6 billion. Out of this, total outstanding amount is $11.69 billion.
Kamal thanked ADB's assistance in developing member countries, including Bangladesh, in recovering from economic and health crises in Asia and the Pacific region by providing quick support for procuring Covid-19 vaccine.
It is very important that the Bangladesh-ADB Country Partnership Strategy (2021-2025) is aligned with Bangladesh's national development goals.
The finance minister expected $12-15 billion in loan support from ADB over the next five years, which is crucial for Bangladesh’s achieving development milestones.