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Asia Workshop on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation:
Links to the Post-2015 Development Agenda


Reinforcing Effective Development Partnerships for Better Development Results


August 25 - 27, 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh


Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Partnership, representing Asia, successfully held the “Asia Workshop on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Links to the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on 25-27 August 2013.


The workshop was inaugurated by H.E. Abul Maal A. Muhith, MP, Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Government of Bangladesh who was the Chef Guest of the event. H.E. Air Vice Marshal (Retd.), A. K. Khandker, BU, MP, Hon’ble Minister for Planning, Government of Bangladesh was present as the Special Guest. The event was chaired by Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Government of Bangladesh. Mr. Neal Walker, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Bangladesh and LCG Co-Chair graced the occasion with his presence and remarks. Mr. Arastoo Khan, Additional Secretary, ERD, Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh gave the opening remarks at the inaugural session of the workshop.

Twenty-eight Government and CSO delegates from 12 countries of the Asia-Pacific region, representatives from OECD/UNDP joint support team, ADB and senior officials from some of the regional/country UNDP offices,  Senior Government of Bangladesh officials, representatives of local DPs, HoM/HoA and private sector participated in the workshop. r also participated. By bringing together different stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region, this workshop aimed to assist Asian countries to clarify, take stock and devise future actions to enhance development cooperation particularly in the context of transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

A total of five plenary sessions and six working sessions were held where a number of issues such as the implementation of the Busan Partnership Documents, role of trade in development, South-South and Triangular Cooperation and the possible nature of development financing in post-2015 agenda were discussed.

At the end of three day event, it adopted some agreed upon recommendations from Asia-Pacific as Asia’s evidence for the first ministerial meeting of the GPEDC to be held in June 2014 in Mexico

In the workshop a technical facility with policy and technical advisory expertise titled Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP—DEP) was launched, with ERD Secretary as its first chair of the steering committee. AP—DEP is a continuation of the previously known Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility established in 2009.

The Economic Relations Division (ERD), Government of Bangladesh in collaboration with the Multi donor funded Aid Effectiveness Project organized the event.