|Published : 02 Dec 2016, 00:22:28|
$31.63m assistance deal with UNDP for CHT uplift
The government Thursday signed a US$31.63 million aid deal with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for sustainable and inclusive development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) districts.
Economic Relations Division (ERD) Additional Secretary Shamima Nargis and UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee signed the agreement in Dhaka.
With the $31.63 million fund, the government will implement 'Strengthening Inclusive Development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts project' in next five years aimed at improving the lives of millions of ethnic people in south-eastern Bangladesh.
According to the UNDP, of the $31.63 million assistance, nearly $19.6 million will be provided by Denmark, $1.55 million by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Development Fund, $3.49 million by the USAID, $1.0 million by the UNDP and $5.0 million by the Bangladesh government.
The remaining unfunded amount of $12.0 million will be covered by other development partners, to be confirmed later.
The Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) is now implementing the 'Promotion of Development and Confidence Building in the CHT' project which has yielded significant results since 2003 in the three districts of the CHT area Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.
The project will be implemented within the framework of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF) programme.
The CHTDF has been in the CHT since 2003 as the first large-scale development intervention in the remote and hard-to-reach areas. The government signed the Chittagong Hill Tract Peace Accord in 1997 and made commitment to develop the impoverished south-eastern hilly areas.
Mr Sudipto Mukherjee said, "This new phase of development in the CHT addresses new and also remaining development challenges there. Its main focus will be inclusiveness of all communities in the area, and it will have a stronger impact on ecosystems, social development, and development of institutions."