UK to stand beside Bangladesh in future: Kamal

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PV Desk : Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, now in London attending an international exhibition on public procurement, has expressed his high hope that the United Kingdom(UK) would always stand beside Bangladesh like they did in the past.

The minister expressed such hope at a meeting with the high ups of the Crown Commercial Service of the UK in London on Monday, according to a Ministry release received here today.

During the meeting, both the minister and the Crown Commercial Service leaders discussed on the public procurement systems of both Bangladesh and the UK apart from various issues relating to bilateral interests.

The planning minister said that the materialization of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is going on smoothly and speedily while Bangladesh would be graduated to a developing country from the LDC status in this March.

“The continued progress of Bangladesh will turn it into a developed country. The UK has always been a friendly country of Bangladesh and it has always extended its hands of cooperation to us. Like in the past, I hope the UK will continue to stand beside us in the future,” added the Minister.

AHM Mustafa Kamal, commonly known as Lotus Kamal, said a big chunk of the national budget is being spent on public procurement and there is a need to ensure proper utilization of this national exchequer through utmost efficiency, transparency and accountability.

“The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) size and growth rate will increase further if we can properly spend the public fund and to bring utmost efficiency, transparency and accountability in the government expenditure process, we’ve digitized the government procurement process which is one of the pre-conditions for building ‘Digital Bangladesh’,” he added.

The planning minister said there is no other alternative for electronic government procurement for the South Asian countries including Bangladesh as this region would require 1.5 lakh crore US dollars in the infrastructure and energy sectors in the coming years.

Kamal also noted that the UK has set an unprecedented example towards ensuring transparency and accountability in public procurement system which would further encourage Bangladesh in this regard.

Parliamentary standing committee members on Ministry of Planning M Tajul Islam and M Abdul Hai and Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) director general Md Faruque Hossain were also present there.