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Private Sector Working Committee to be founded

It’ll help achieve SDG

Published : 28 May 2023 10:37 PM

Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee will be established to support the country's private sector to work together with the government, the UN, as well as national and international development organisations.

This initiative will facilitate advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh.

The establishment of the Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee (BPSWC) was jointly announced on Sunday by President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Md. Jashim Uddin, President of Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) Ardashir Kabir and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis, said a press release on Sunday.

The signing ceremony to establish the committee took place at the UN Resident 

Coordinator's Office in Bangladesh and was attended by representatives of the 

private sector, international organisations, and the government of Bangladesh, including the country director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Tuomo Poutiainen, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh Stefan Liller, Additional Secretary of SDG Affairs at Prime Minister's Office Mohd. Monirul Islam, Adviser of Safety Council, FBCCI Brig Gen (Retd) Abu Nayeem Md. Shahidullah, Adviser of trade and tariff policy, FBCCI Manzur Ahmed and the Secretary General of BEF Farooq Ahmed.

Welcoming the establishment of BPSWC, the UN resident coordinator in 

Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis highlighted the committee's potential to further the 

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its plan to link its work with 

the 2022-2026 UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, signed by the UN and the Government.

 "When it comes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Bangladesh's private 

sector has so much to gain, and so much to give. The UN welcomes the creation 

of a Bangladesh Private Sector Working Committee, because private sector 

action on the SDGs is essential to realise the 2030 Agenda, and enable 

Bangladesh to achieve inclusive sustainable development that leaves no one 

behind" the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh said.

President of FBCCI and the Chairman of BPSWC Md. Jashim Uddin, President of 

the Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) and the Co-chairman of BPSWC 

Ardashir Kabir shared their views on the BPSWC's plans to help private 

companies and support the implementation of SDGs.

ILO country director for Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen and UNDP resident 

representative in Bangladesh Stefan Liller welcomed the establishment of the 

committee, adding that the UN agencies are looking forward to working 

together with the BPSWC for the sustainable development of the country and 

ensuring smooth transition towards the LDC Graduation.

A total of 19 representatives of the Bangladeshi private sector companies 

have been selected to be members of the committee, while the UN resident 

coordinator or delegates of the UN agencies may participate in BPSWC meetings 

as guests and observers or on the invitation of the committee's Chairman.