ICC chairman Paul Polman lauds Bangladesh’s achievements
UNB: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chairman and Unilever CEO Paul Polman has said Bangladesh and China are major contributors to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) globally.
He made the remarks while addressing a reception hosted by ICC Bangladesh in the city on Sunday night.
Prime Minister’s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman attended the function as the chief guest.
Kim Polman, Prof Rehman Sobhan, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Justice KM Hasan, Justice Tafazzul Islam, Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam, FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), MCCI President Barrister Nihad Kabir, DCCI President Osama Taseer and ICC Bangladesh Board Members, among other, attended it.
President of Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Managing Director of British American Tobacco Bangladesh Co. Ltd. Shehzad Munim also spoke, said a press release on Monday.
Polman observed that MDGs have achieved a notable progress in many global issues and also have given the hope to create a new world within the existing means.
That is why the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has also offered a set of bold, ambitious and innovative package to transform the world, Polman said.
“I believe Bangladesh businesses will be able to understand what the individual SDGs are actually about, how their own activity contributes towards the achievement of each one and the action and investment required,” he said.
Polman also said Bangladesh is consistently cited as one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world and long-term impacts from a rise in sea level and global temperature could displace millions of people.
“Improving the country’s resilience to immediate and future climate risks is essential to the continuing development of Bangladesh,” he added.
According to 2017 Report of Development Finance International (DFI) and Oxfam, Polman mentioned, the gap between the rich and the poor are widening instead of reducing.
The index is based on a new database of indicators, covering 157 countries, which measures government action on social spending, tax and labour rights – three areas found to be critical to reducing the gap.
The report recommends that all countries should develop national inequality action plans to achieve SDG 10 on reducing inequality, he said.
The ICC Chairman highly praised the various activities of ICC Bangladesh and mentioned that the Chamber is going forward under the dynamic leadership of Mahbubur Rahman.
The global economy looks poised to slow moderately from 3.8 percent in 2018 to 3.5 percent in 2019, led by deceleration in the US and further softening in China, said ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman.
Dr Mashiur drew attention to various election manifesto of the Awami League regarding unemployment, poverty and challenges of climate change.
He said the government is working on reducing the non-performing loan, improving doing business index, customs modernization and other issues to attract more investments by both local foreign investors.
He also praised ICCB President Mahbubur Rahman for his energetic role regarding businesses.