Bangladesh-German Development Cooperation Negotiations 2020 completed with new commitments of EURO 339.54 million. Overall amount since 1972 reaches EURO 3.03 Billion
Bilateral Negotiations on Development Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany were held on 28th and 29th of October 2020. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic situation the negotiations were held virtually. The delegation of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was headed by Dr. Gauranga Chandra Mohantandc, Additional Secretary and Wing Chief, Europe Wing, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance. The delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany was headed by Dr. Ute Heinbuch, Head of Division “Policy Issues of Cooperation with Asia, South Asia” in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Ms. Hammerschmidt, Commissioner for Asia, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development delivered the welcome address. For the Government of Bangladesh, Ms. Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance made the opening remarks.
The negotiations took place in a friendly atmosphere of constructive cooperation. Both parties discussed issues of development cooperation including environment, climate change, human rights and good governance. It is to be noted that Germany provides additional assistance for Rohinga refugees / forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals and surrounding host communities with the amount of EURO 19 million. The two delegations had an open and fruitful exchange of views on ongoing projects and programmes in the field of Financial and Technical Cooperation (FC and TC) as well as on future development cooperation.
As a result of the negotiations, commitments for the following areas of interventions of German-Bangladesh Cooperation were made with a special focus on adapting to climate change:
- Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
- Sustainable urban development
- Good Governance
- Displacement and Migration
- Sustainable supply chains in the textile sector
In addition, support to integrated management of the Sundarbans mangroves and the marine protected area ‘Swatch of No Ground’ was agreed.