The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce the release of Australia’s coronavirus (Covid-19) Development Response Plan for Bangladesh for 2020 to 2021.
The plan will guide Australia’s whole-of-government response to Covid-19 in Bangladesh over the next two years, says a media release.
According to the plan, Australia will focus on investments in long-term economic growth, underpinned by inclusive education, skills development and private sector engagement in Bangladesh.
Humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and the host community remains a priority for Australia, said the release.
Australia will place a strong emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable, especially women and girls, and people with disabilities.
The country will work in partnership with the Bangladesh Government to ensure its Covid-19 programs remain closely aligned with key government initiatives. Australia is committed to supporting Bangladesh’s longer-term development priorities, as outlined in its 8th Five Year Plan.
Ms Fatima Yasmin, Secretary Economic Relations Division (ERD), said “The Government of Bangladesh is finalising the 8th Five-Year Plan where Covid-19 recovery strategy has been incorporated.”
She said they believe the Covid-19 response plan for Bangladesh will be aligned with the government's priorities.
The Covid-19 response plan is part of Australia’s recently released development strategy, Partnerships for Recovery, which outlines how Australia will work with its partners across the globe to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia and Bangladesh have shared interests in a secure, prosperous and inclusive Indian Ocean region.
Australia appreciates its strong development, people-to-people and trade ties with Bangladesh.
The country will continue to support Bangladesh through its response and recovery from Covid-19, reads the release.