Shaping the future of Social Protection
31 Oct 2013
Improved social protection figures highly in the Government’s 2021 agenda and the Sixth Five Year Plan. In line with that, the Cabinet decided to prepare the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) for Bangladesh.
Framing a vision for the future remains central to NSPS development. Thus the GED of Planning Commission with the assistance of UNDP organized a day-long workshop on “shaping a future vision for social protection in Bangladesh” on 27 October, 2013 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka. The workshop pursued feedback from a wide audience, on the underpinning ideas and direction of thinking on social protection reforms. ]
Hon’ble Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A. K. Khandker, MP attended as the Chief Guest of the workshop. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member, GED, Secretaries from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief, Ministry of Statistics and Informatics Division, Ministry of Food, Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chair, PPRC, Dr Bazlul Hoque Khondker, Chairman, SANEM and Dr. Michael Samson, Research Director, EPRI were the panelists at the workshop. The panel discussion was presided over by Cabinet Secretary Mr. M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan. UNDP Country Director Ms. Pauline Tamesis was also present there.
About 90 participants from government, development partners, civil society, academics, private sector and media participated in group exercises and shaped their vision on future social protection in Bangladesh. With stakeholders from different arenas in attendance the government expressed its commitment to augmenting the process of formulating National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) while also increasing participation.