Embassy of Bangladesh
Intergovernmental review of the progress of the Delta Plan 2100 formulation
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9 May 2016, The Hague: Both Bangladesh and the Netherlands have expressed satisfaction at the progress made so far on the Bangladesh-Netherlands flagship project Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. The Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Steering Committee (IGC) on Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague Netherlands. Senior Secretary and Member (GED), Planning Commission Dr. Shamsul Alam and Deputy Director General International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Ms. Reina Buijs jointly chaired the meeting.
The Bangladesh delegation leader Senior Secretary Dr. Shamsul Alam presented the progress made so far in the Project since the first IGC Meeting held in 11 September 2014 in Dhaka. Dr. Alam elaborated the decisions made during the first meeting and informed the meeting how each decision of earlier meeting was implemented. The Meeting unanimously agreed to take holistic approach with long term vision and align with the objectives with Sustainable Development Goals.
The meeting also emphasized on the need to remaining engaged with the civil society and public through innovative publicity in the social media so that people have a better understanding on this flagship issue. Dr. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Chair of the Panel of Experts elaborated on the technical feasibility of this mega project and presented his suggestion as the project now almost ready to be transitioned to implementation phase. Senior Secretary of External Relations Division Mr. M. Mejbahuddin highlighted the significance of aligning the project elements with that of Bangladesh’s commitment to implement the Sustainable Development Goals while Senior Secretary Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan of the Ministry of Water Resources reiterated the requirements for taking adequate measures so that Delta Plan addresses the climate adaptability issue with due importance.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal conveyed Bangladesh’s appreciation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for their innovative partnership to this flagship project and urged all to consider incorporating the concept of “more production per drop of water” as opposed to “more production per unit of land “likewise what is practiced in the Netherlands with impressive outcome. Ambassador Belal also highlighted Sustainable Development Goal six and attendant targets so that the issue of international cooperation in the region is duly considered and explored in the interests of basin wide approach.
Ms. Reina Buijs, Co-chair from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in her concluding remarks, conveyed thanks to the Delta Team for their hard work and hoped that with successful implementation of this flagship Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, the world will get another success story from Bangladesh and assured her government’s support for implementation of the Plan. Bangladesh Co-Chair Dr. Shamsul Alam assured the forum that the government of Bangladesh is committed to make this Plan a success in the interests of the welfare of the people of Bangladesh and expressed his deep appreciation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for their continued support and assistance to make this plan a success. Dr. Alam expected that engagement should be continued even during the implementation phase between these two friendly countries to exchange knowledge and experiences to improve efficacy of the Delta Plan implementation.
It may be recalled that an administrative and contribution agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and the Netherlands was signed in 2014 where total cost has been estimated to be BDT 878 million of which BDT 764 million is committed by the Netherlands as grant and rest 114 million was to be provided by Bangladesh. Formulation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 is considered to be of great significance for the future growth of Bangladesh and is fundamental to addressing the vulnerability faced by Bangladesh by the climate events. World Bank has also been engaged from June 2015 by signing a tripartite agreement for formulating financing/investment plan for the projects envisaged under Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 is scheduled to be completed by December 2016 but before that the Intergovernmental Steering Committee is expected to meet for the third meeting in September in Dhaka. Other than Dr. Alam, Senior Secretaries of Economic Relations Division Mr. M. Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Chair of the panel of Experts Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Chowdhury and Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Prof. Jaap De Heer and Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Project Director, Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 formulation project were present in the meeting.
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