SUPRO, a national network of grassroots organizations in Bangladesh has undertaken a project on campaigning and advocating for the attainment of the MDGs in Bangladesh. The objectives of the project are to mobilize grass root people on MDGs obligation of Bangladesh and bring the grass roots’ voices to the Policy makers of national level, thereby advocating with the policy makers to influence them in taking effective measures on MDG implementation. The said project is funded by UN Millennium Campaign.
21-24th March 2005, Manikgonj.SUPRO leaders of 45 districts met in a workshop in HRDC training center here in two batches, each batch for two days. They have had discussed the impact of neo liberal economics in developing countries and especially in Bangladesh.
Participants have chalked out programs in their districts aiming to promote awareness on the impact of so called “free market” economy and of their agents and also to protest against the institutions who are promoting these, especially the international financial institutions. Civil society and poor people will be organized to express solidarity and to say no to the privatization of service sectors especially of water, health and education. Individual district wise programs, the name of the organizations and the leaders who will organize the programs are being mentioned here with there contact address.Apart from these SUPRO will organize two seminars in Dhaka one on “Corporate Governance: Mobile Phone and Gas Sector” and “Poverty Reduction Strategies: Role of IFIs” in collaboration with Citizen Rights Alliances and with Weekly 2000. There will be press conference and rallies in Dhaka along with core committee members of observing global week of action. SUPRO and committee are being publishing different posters and leaflet in this regard.
Dhaka, 15th April 2005. SUPRO and Weekly 2000 a popular news magazine have organized a round table at WVA auditorium at Dhanmondi as part of Global Week of Action (10-16 April 2005) on the occasion of action against unfair trade. Dr. Atiur Rahaman of Unnayan Shamunnay, Ms Rokeya Kabir of BNPS, Kabir Hossain, assistant secretary of Jatiyotabadi Sramik Dal (a labour party), Sadek Siddique, Joint secretary of Bangladesh Jatiayo Party, Advocate Maleka Parvin of TMSS, Journalist Asjadul Kabria have delivered their speech to the round table.
Before one year, government has reduced rate of interest according to the instruction of the WB and IMF to encourage investment. At that time many persons have oppose the decision, but government has not brought to notice. But now it has revealed, Banks have disbursed a huge amount of loans without anything in hand. In front of last election such practice of credit disbursement has happened. Economist Dr. Atiur Rhaman has delivered that speech in round table organized by SUPRO and Weekly 2000 at Dhanmondi on today. He has added, nation could not progressed through listen to WB and IMF advice rather most of the time such advice gone against our interest. He said, we have no necessity of foreign credit, we can be self-sufficient depend on our remittance if our politician will have been tried.