Local Consultative Group Plenary Meeting, 30 June 2013

LCG Plenary Meeting Called for Intense Development Collaboration  


The second LCG plenary meeting of 2013 was held on 30 June, 2013 at the NEC-2 Conference Room of the Economic Relations Division (ERD). The meeting was Co- chaired by Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Secretary, ERD and Mr. Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh. The plenary meeting was attended by the representatives of the ERD and other government ministries as well as various diplomatic missions, UN organizations and development partner agencies working in Bangladesh.
Speaking on the occasion, ERD Secretary Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad said that the LCG should not only be meant for sharing government’s initiatives to address the local constraints, but should also be a place for DPs to share their progresses on implementing Global commitments.

UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Neal Walker in his speech called for greater collaboration between the 18 LCG working groups to push the development agenda forward.

Aid Effectiveness Working Group Co-chairs Ms. Nurjahan Begum ndc, Joint Secretary, ERD and Mr. Nicholas Simard of CIDA shared the progress on the new JCS Action Plan with the development partners and highlighted the achievements in the 5 outcome areas as well as the main challenges in implementing them.

At the same time, they were also informed about the latest status of Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Act, Foreign Donation (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act and Audit Act.

Afterwards, the development partners provided their feedback and observation on these pending laws and called for maintaining international standard while developing these acts.

Pointing to the ongoing delay in organizing the BDF, discussants at the meeting underlined the need for organizing an alternative high level meeting led by the Finance Minister for the time being to share mutual concerns.

Addressing the concerns of the development partners, ERD Secretary Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad assured that the government was sincere in its effort to ensure that the international standard was maintained in enacting the aforementioned laws. 

The meeting also called for organizing a seminar or workshop on nutrition issues at the national level to review the progress made by Bangladesh in meeting the MDG goal with regard to nutrition.

The government and the development partners also agreed to exchange development results of various LCG working groups more regularly to facilitate greater coordination and knowledge sharing.