Government of Bangladesh signed a new project for development of CHT worth over 31 million US dollarsDec 1, 2016
The Government of Bangladesh reaffirmed its commitment to fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tract Peace Accord, 1997, as it signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a new development project, focusing on sustainable and inclusive development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The new project “Strengthening Inclusive Development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” will be implemented in the next five years. This is a continuation of a very successful project “Promotion of Development and Confidence Building in the CHT” that has been implemented with significant results since 2003 in the three districts of the CHT area – Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.
As in the past, the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA) as the executing agency will assume overall ownership and responsibility for project activities and will be accountable for the results. The project will be implemented within the framework of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF) programme. The CHTDF has been present in the CHT since 2003 as the first large scale development intervention in this remote and hard-to-reach area of the CHT.
“With this project we will address development and confidence building goals from the Peace Accord which are still to be fully achieved,” said Md. Abdul Matin, Deputy Chief, MoCHTA.
The planned amount for the new project is US$ 31,629,363 out of which about USD 19.6 million is being funded by Denmark (USD 8.55 mil), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC Development Fund (USD 1.55 mil), USAID (USD 3.49 mil), UNDP (USD 1 mil) and the Government of Bangladesh (USD 5 mil). The remaining unfunded amount of USD 12 million will be covered by other development partners.
“This new phase of development in the CHT addresses new and also the remaining development challenges in CHT. 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,” said Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, UNDP Bangladesh Country Director.