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Rohingya influx hits economic management: Muhith
Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said the country is now having a very serious problem with its economic management following the huge influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.
“Right now, we’ve a very serious problem with our economic management as there’s a huge stream of people from Myanmar (Rohingyas). They’re in a desperate condition and we’ve to look after them,” he said while formally launching a new project as the chief guest in the evening.
The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Planning Ministry launched the new project titled, “Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP)” at Radisson Blu Water Garden hotel.
World Bank Country Director Qimiao Fan and its Director, Governance Global Practice, Vinay Sharma also spoke at the programme as special guests held with Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
Secretary of Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division Md Mofizul delivered the opening remarks while Director General of CPTU Md Faruque Hossain made a power-point presentation on the objective and components of the new project.
The Finance Minister, however, said this is something natural as the country faced difficulties in many times in the past and it always received help from others.
It is unimaginable that the people in distress will not get assistance and shelter under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, adding that giving shelter to such huge people is very expensive for the country.
Muhith was also overwhelmed at the response of the international community over the Rohingya crisis. “We’re being strongly assisted by the whole world. International generosity is very laudable and we’re very strongly assisted by the whole world.”
Over 600,000 Rohingyas have so far crossed the border into Bangladesh in an unprecedented influx triggered by a brutal military crackdown in Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 25. This is in addition to around 300,000 refugees who came in several phases since 1992.