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Lobby Meeting with Finance Minister of Bangladesh on National Budget 2009-10


As a part of the National Budget Campaign, SUPRO has an opportunity to take part in a lobby meeting with Finance Minister on National Budget 2009-10 on 26th June 2009 at Finance Ministry in Bangladesh. Lawrence Besra, Project Coordinator of Activist’s Capacity for Equity and Justice (ACEJ) has represented SUPRO at the lobby meeting with Finance Minister along the other representatives of civil society networks and NGOs.

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Speakers demanded at Post - Budget Discussion


Primary, Secondary Education and Health Sectors have to be excluded from Public-Private Partnership. Farmer’s association should be formed in order to get fair price of their production.
In order to ensure accessibility of poor and marginalized people towards education and health facilities, Primary, Secondary Education and Health Sectors have to be excluded from Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It has been mentioned in the budget for a legal framework of PPP and there should be outlined clear roles and responsibilities of government and private entrepreneurs.  Without having a legal regulatory of framework, there should not be any control of government upon this Public-Private Partnership sector. Today, (17 June 2009) prominent economist of Bangladesh and chief speaker of the round table seminar, Dr. Qazi  Kholiquzzaman Ahmed “National Budget Review 2009-10;Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service sectors” at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh. addressed in the round table discussion titled “National Budget Review 2009-10;Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service sectors” at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh.

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Speakers demanded at Pre- Budget Discussion


Bangladesh needs to regain sovereignty in policy-making for Development.  Farmer’s association should be formed through direct   assistance and involvement of local government to get fair price of their production. Agricultural insurance should be introduced. The jute    industry should be revived. Agricultural supports especially loan to the small and marginal farmers should be strengthened. Development planning should be formulated in consistence with Climate Change. Agriculture, employment generation and strengthening of local    government should be prioritized and allocation should be increased in those sectors according to the need of the people. For the proper    implementation of development budget, activities should be started just after the declaration of the budget. The gaps should be minimized   between declared budget, revised budget and implemented budget. According to the pledge of election manifesto, road map should be   declared earlier”. Today, (2nd May 2009) prominent economist of Bangladesh and chief guest of the round table seminar, Dr. Qazi    Kholiquzzaman Ahmed addressed in the round table discussion titled“Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service   sectors”dated May 2, 2009 at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh.

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