National social protection strategy discussed
General Economics Division (GED) of Planning Commission with the assistance of UNDP organized an inception workshop on “National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS)” on 28 July 2013 at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.
Hon’ble Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A. K. Khandker, MP graced the chair of the Chief Guest. As special guests, Hon’ble Social Welfare Minister Mr. Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed, MP, and Hon’ble Minister for Primary and Mass Education attended the workshop. The workshop was presided over by Cabinet Secretary Mr. M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan. UNDP Country Director Ms. Pauline Tamesis was also present.
South Asian Network for Economic Modeling (SANEM) together with Police Research Institute (PRI) presented their plan to support GED in formulating NSPS. About 80 participants were present in the session including high level government officials, participants from civil society organizations and representatives from development partners who shared their valuable inputs in the formulation process of NSPS.
UNDP Country Director Ms. Pauline Tamesis expressed her gratitude for the continuing government commitment to expedite the process. She also addressed the important issue of financing required not only in the formulation of NSPS but also during implementation.
The Chief Guest, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A. K. Khandker, MP, expressed his satisfaction with the NSPS formulation process. He conveyed the government’s commitment to helping Bangladesh become a middle income country by 2021. The NSPS hopes to have a significant role in helping the extreme poor graduate out of poverty. Other guests also shared the same affirmative views on NSPS formulation.
The Cabinet Secretary hoped that the strategy would be produced by December 2013 so that it could be placed before the cabinet for approval. Finally he thanked all participants for their active participation and drew an end to the workshop.