The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is going to provide a wide range of connectivity, trade and business, Bangladeshi officials have said here.
It is an opportunity for Bangladesh to improve economic connectivity globally and regionally through BRI, officials said at a workshop on Monday.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) jointly organized the workshop on "Implication of BRI for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh."
According to the workshop organizers, Bangladesh became a member of the BRI.
"This membership is aimed at attending SDGs and achieving national development marks such as becoming a middle income country by 2021 and to emerge as developed nation by 2041," BIISS mentioned in a statement distributed during the workshop.
Bangladesh's Planning Commission Member Shamsul Alam, also a senior secretary of the Bangladeshi government, Zuena Aziz, principal coordinator for SDG affairs at Bangladeshi prime minister office, and Fazlul Karim, chairman of BIISS, among others, spoke at the workshop.
Lin Yang, UNDESA program officer, delivered a paper on "Potential Impact of BRI on SDGs in Selected Asian Economies: Result from Extended World Economic Forecasting Model" while and Mahfuz Kabir, BIISS research director, presented another paper on "Implication of BRI for the SDGs in Bangladesh."