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Half of Bangladesh rivers unnavigable​

Dhaka takes development partners on board to finance river development projects, agricultural transformation

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Syed Zakir Hossain
Reaz Ahmad
May 26, 2022 12:38 PM

Bangladesh showcased its most long-term vision yet before the world through an international conference in the city yesterday with an overarching goal of getting all development partners on board in its pursuit to become prosperous.

Since its inception in late 2018, Bangladesh’s 100-year vision – the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100) created a big buzz through the holding of this two-day first Delta Plan International Conference under the joint aegis of the governments of Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

Dhaka hosted the conference at a time when over half of the country’s last remaining rivers have lost navigability and elevated river beds are blamed for higher magnitude floods.

The conference, which will draw to an end on Friday afternoon, is being held within a week of the first meeting of the Delta Governing Council headed by the prime minister.

The issue of funding ambitious projects – that include bigtime river management and harnessing of water resources – featured prominently at the conference that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated at a city hotel yesterday.

So far Bangladesh has managed to channel barely one percent of its annual GDP in implementing BDP 2100 but would require more finance to accelerate progress by funneling at least 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025.

BDP 2100 is aligned with Bangladesh’s three higher level goals – eliminating extreme poverty by 2030, achieving upper middle-income status by 2030 and emerging as a developed economy by 2041.

Following the opening sessions, experts, academics, economists, ministers and officials from home and abroad held several breakout sessions, deliberating at length on such crucial issues as basin wide river management, curbing flood-induced yearly economic losses, cooperation of upper riparian country in Bangladesh’s getting its due share of common rivers’ waters and investing more in climate-smart agriculture to face future challenges of food security.

The embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Dhaka, The World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and embassy, the EU embassy in Dhaka and UN FAO, among others, got actively involved in the Delta Plan Conference activities.

Capital dredging and land reclamation​

The issue of dredging Bangladesh’s elevated river beds and land reclamation was high on agenda.

In one of the sessions, water resources ministry senior secretary Kabir Bin Anwar emphasized a narrowing down of the width of the major rivers by dredging built-up silt and reclaiming land. For example, he said there are stretches where the Jamuna river’s width extends up to 10-15 kilometers thereby making the river lose depth and eroding lots of riverbank lands.

He said bigtime capital dredging was going on, employing as many as 64 dredgers to help ensure better conveyance capacity of some of the Jamuna’s distributaries and tributaries.

Kabir, however, cautioned engineers managing river bank embankment development projects not to repeat the mistakes of the past where water flow-link between some of the country’s mighty river systems with their distributaries had been cut off.

The conference was told that of the 405 rivers that remain alive round the year, 172 are navigable.

The senior secretary said the prime minister had instructed last week that the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) needed to work in unison in drawing up dredging plans for all rivers.

Agricultural transformation is a key imperative​

Speaking at one of the breakout sessions, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque batted for transforming subsistence agriculture into commercial farming and investing more in farm research and development so that Bangladesh’s agriculture sector could withstand future shocks of climate-induced food vulnerabilities.

He attached importance to accelerating farm mechanization, developing climate-smart agriculture and developing crop varieties suitable for drought, salinity and flash flood vulnerable regions.

The session focused discussions on three key areas: exploring future food export potentials, developing climate-smart and resilient agriculture and aligning the agricultural transformation program with the Delta Plan.

Overview of Delta Challenges​

Bangladesh has focused since long on water resources management and related disasters risk reduction (DRR). Despite successes, Bangladesh faces considerable development challenges posed by its unique deltaic geographic position, dynamics and associated vulnerability.

Some of these challenges include: cyclones and storm surges, sea level rise (SLR) and salinity intrusion, recurrent floods and waterlogging, riverbank erosion, droughts, water quality, and soil and environmental pollution.

 
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Half of Bangladesh rivers unnavigable​

Dhaka takes development partners on board to finance river development projects, agricultural transformation

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Syed Zakir Hossain
Reaz Ahmad
May 26, 2022 12:38 PM

Bangladesh showcased its most long-term vision yet before the world through an international conference in the city yesterday with an overarching goal of getting all development partners on board in its pursuit to become prosperous.

Since its inception in late 2018, Bangladesh’s 100-year vision – the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100) created a big buzz through the holding of this two-day first Delta Plan International Conference under the joint aegis of the governments of Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

Dhaka hosted the conference at a time when over half of the country’s last remaining rivers have lost navigability and elevated river beds are blamed for higher magnitude floods.

The conference, which will draw to an end on Friday afternoon, is being held within a week of the first meeting of the Delta Governing Council headed by the prime minister.

The issue of funding ambitious projects – that include bigtime river management and harnessing of water resources – featured prominently at the conference that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated at a city hotel yesterday.

So far Bangladesh has managed to channel barely one percent of its annual GDP in implementing BDP 2100 but would require more finance to accelerate progress by funneling at least 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025.

BDP 2100 is aligned with Bangladesh’s three higher level goals – eliminating extreme poverty by 2030, achieving upper middle-income status by 2030 and emerging as a developed economy by 2041.

Following the opening sessions, experts, academics, economists, ministers and officials from home and abroad held several breakout sessions, deliberating at length on such crucial issues as basin wide river management, curbing flood-induced yearly economic losses, cooperation of upper riparian country in Bangladesh’s getting its due share of common rivers’ waters and investing more in climate-smart agriculture to face future challenges of food security.

The embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Dhaka, The World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and embassy, the EU embassy in Dhaka and UN FAO, among others, got actively involved in the Delta Plan Conference activities.

Capital dredging and land reclamation​

The issue of dredging Bangladesh’s elevated river beds and land reclamation was high on agenda.

In one of the sessions, water resources ministry senior secretary Kabir Bin Anwar emphasized a narrowing down of the width of the major rivers by dredging built-up silt and reclaiming land. For example, he said there are stretches where the Jamuna river’s width extends up to 10-15 kilometers thereby making the river lose depth and eroding lots of riverbank lands.

He said bigtime capital dredging was going on, employing as many as 64 dredgers to help ensure better conveyance capacity of some of the Jamuna’s distributaries and tributaries.

Kabir, however, cautioned engineers managing river bank embankment development projects not to repeat the mistakes of the past where water flow-link between some of the country’s mighty river systems with their distributaries had been cut off.

The conference was told that of the 405 rivers that remain alive round the year, 172 are navigable.

The senior secretary said the prime minister had instructed last week that the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) needed to work in unison in drawing up dredging plans for all rivers.

Agricultural transformation is a key imperative​

Speaking at one of the breakout sessions, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque batted for transforming subsistence agriculture into commercial farming and investing more in farm research and development so that Bangladesh’s agriculture sector could withstand future shocks of climate-induced food vulnerabilities.

He attached importance to accelerating farm mechanization, developing climate-smart agriculture and developing crop varieties suitable for drought, salinity and flash flood vulnerable regions.

The session focused discussions on three key areas: exploring future food export potentials, developing climate-smart and resilient agriculture and aligning the agricultural transformation program with the Delta Plan.

Overview of Delta Challenges​

Bangladesh has focused since long on water resources management and related disasters risk reduction (DRR). Despite successes, Bangladesh faces considerable development challenges posed by its unique deltaic geographic position, dynamics and associated vulnerability.

Some of these challenges include: cyclones and storm surges, sea level rise (SLR) and salinity intrusion, recurrent floods and waterlogging, riverbank erosion, droughts, water quality, and soil and environmental pollution.


China, China, China!

Let them dredge our rivers and then make money by charging for use.

No borrowing. Just profit sharing.
 

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Half of Bangladesh rivers unnavigable​

Dhaka takes development partners on board to finance river development projects, agricultural transformation
The way people propagate in this forum that BD is no more a basket case I thought BD has enough resources to handle all kinds of calamities including the silting of rivers.

Now, I see BD is asking its donors conveniently named "Developing Partners" to help this basket case country forever.

Dr. Kissinger was not wrong in his forecast.

Why should BD beg other countries when Hasina Bibi and many PDF posters regularly claim it has high achievements? It is a shame itself to beg and it is more a shame when you get the alms but bite the hands that give it to you by not showing gratitude.

BD needs all kinds of supports for the next 100 years at least. So, the nation should show gratitude to the donors and stop bickering about Developed Status by 2041 when even now it is not categorized a developing country.

It remains an underachieved and underdeveloped country.
 

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The way people propagate in this forum that BD is no more a basket case I thought BD has enough resources to handle all kinds of calamities including the silting of rivers.

Now, I see BD is asking its donors conveniently named "Developing Partners" to help this basket case country forever.

Dr. Kissinger was not wrong in his forecast.

Why should BD beg other countries when Hasina Bibi and many PDF posters regularly claim it has high achievements? It is a shame itself to beg and it is more a shame when you get the alms but bite the hands that give it to you by not showing gratitude.

BD needs all kinds of supports for the next 100 years at least. So, the nation should show gratitude to the donors and stop bickering about Developed Status by 2041 when even now it is not categorized a developing country.

It remains an underachieved and underdeveloped country.
Even USA need to ask for assistance. No where it’s mentioned Bangladesh is an advanced or developed country that it doesn’t need any assistance. Bangladesh is a lower middle income country and set a target of becoming higher middle income country by 2030-2035 with more than trillion dollar economy which requires lots of investment and building infrastructure. Plus the assistance Bangladesh is looking for are loan not hand out or free donor money. So please don’t do whining all the time time with same topic again and again. It’s annoying.

Better you could ask for bringing transparency and reduce corruption.
 
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The way people propagate in this forum that BD is no more a basket case I thought BD has enough resources to handle all kinds of calamities including the silting of rivers.

Now, I see BD is asking its donors conveniently named "Developing Partners" to help this basket case country forever.

Dr. Kissinger was not wrong in his forecast.

Why should BD beg other countries when Hasina Bibi and many PDF posters regularly claim it has high achievements? It is a shame itself to beg and it is more a shame when you get the alms but bite the hands that give it to you by not showing gratitude.

BD needs all kinds of supports for the next 100 years at least. So, the nation should show gratitude to the donors and stop bickering about Developed Status by 2041 when even now it is not categorized a developing country.

It remains an underachieved and underdeveloped country.
Bangladesh’s current GDP per capita reflects its expertise.

2300 is a pittance because the expertise is also pittance.

At 8000 dollars you see real expertise.

China developed by stealing western patents and know how. And buying lot of western expertise.

Bangladesh cannot do that -because unlike China - Bangladesh cannot get away with such brazen flouting of the rules.
 

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China developed by stealing western patents and know how. And buying lot of western expertise.

Bangladesh cannot do that -because unlike China - Bangladesh cannot get away with such brazen flouting of the rules.
Why to blame a student who stands first in the class by learning from books and teachers? Who stops BD stealing/ learning technologies from others? All countries of the developed world have done this and China is doing this. But, BD people cannot.

The point is although BD people think themselves the smartest among all the people, but their minds are too backward that are unable to learn from others and adopt.

For example, sewing machines. Japanese Juki machines are world famous. The Chinese just copied and improved on it. How about our Golden BD people?

Steam engines were invented/ developed in England. Many countries learned and manufactured the same. France bought and smuggled a few and copied it to run its own textile factories.

How about Golden Bangladesh? It is importing even nuts and bolts.
 

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Even USA need to ask for assistance. No where it’s mentioned Bangladesh is an advanced or developed country that it doesn’t need any assistance. Bangladesh is a lower middle income country and set a target of becoming higher middle income country by 2030-2035 with more than trillion dollar economy which requires lots of investment and building infrastructure. Plus the assistance Bangladesh is looking for are loan not hand out or free donor money. So please don’t do whining all the time time with same topic again and again. It’s annoying.

Better you could ask for bringing transparency and reduce corruption.
Yes, I forgot that the USA needs BD assistance to cover its ladies from getting naked with made in Bangladesh winter clothing.

You are very right.

But, stop making lame excuses for the failure of BD as a country that proves Dr. Kissinger was very right. BD remains an underdeveloped non-industrialized fifth grade economy that Golam Mustafa covers up with falsified data.
 

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Bangladesh’s current GDP per capita reflects its expertise.

2300 is a pittance because the expertise is also pittance.

At 8000 dollars you see real expertise.

China developed by stealing western patents and know how. And buying lot of western expertise.

Bangladesh cannot do that -because unlike China - Bangladesh cannot get away with such brazen flouting of the rules.
You deserve a place where sun and moon not shine and cockroaches roam and crawl about on your face and body.
 
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Why to blame a student who stands first in the class by learning from books and teachers? Who stops BD stealing/ learning technologies from others? All countries of the developed world have done this and China is doing this. But, BD people cannot.

The point is although BD people think themselves the smartest among all the people, but their minds are too backward that are unable to learn from others and adopt.

For example, sewing machines. Japanese Juki machines are world famous. The Chinese just copied and improved on it. How about our Golden BD people?

Steam engines were invented/ developed in England. Many countries learned and manufactured the same. France bought and smuggled a few and copied it to run its own textile factories.

How about Golden Bangladesh? It is importing even nuts and bolts.

Any Muslim country that does what China does - would be invaded and sent to the Stone Age.

There isn’t anything inherently wrong in Bangladeshis otherwise we wouldn’t have dominated South Asia for a century until Plessey.

But we took multiple wrong turns since - which has kept us back:

1. Abandonment of our Sufi heritage.

2. Chetona obsession with Bangla!! Pakistan should have adopted English as the unifying language. Instead we had a bloodbath over two dead and primitive languages. You decry our youngsters for not reading! How can they when the best books are in English!!!

3. Inability to reason and debate without hurling insults. Which, I am afraid, you are the worst example.

But Hasina has put the mullahs in the box with the help of our brave RAB.

Our country has made more progress in the last ten years than the last 200 years.

If she stays in power for another decade - the transformation will be irreversible. And towards the end of this century we will be a fully developed society. By which time your Japanese buddies will all be married to their plastic dolls - made in Bangladesh by robots.

You deserve a place where sun and moon not shine and cockroaches roam and crawl about on your face and body.

Dude! Why insult me?!! I am pro China and support China stealing the technologies. I wish we could!

I would love a bigger Chinese presence in Bangladesh.
 
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Yes, I forgot that the USA needs BD assistance to cover its ladies from getting naked with made in Bangladesh winter clothing.

You are very right.

But, stop making lame excuses for the failure of BD as a country that proves Dr. Kissinger was very right. BD remains an underdeveloped non-industrialized fifth grade economy that Golam Mustafa covers up with falsified data.

Bangladesh is on way to become 24th largest economy with trillion dollar gdp by around 2030. If that’s the definition of fifth grade economy, I don’t know what’s the definition of 4th, 3rd or second grade economy.

Bangladesh is a developing country not under developed country. There are no comparison between Bangladesh of 1971 and now which is expected to be a 480 plus billion usd economy by July this year.
 

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Bangladesh is on way to become 24th largest economy with trillion dollar gdp by around 2030. If that’s the definition of fifth grade economy, I don’t know what’s the definition of 4th, 3rd or second grade economy.

Bangladesh is a developing country not under developed country. There are no comparison between Bangladesh of 1971 and now which is expected to be a 480 plus billion usd economy by July this year.
Yes, an underdeveloped BD has broken all the past records of other countries. It is the only country in the world whose GDP keeps on growing without making investments.

How many billions of FDI came and how many billions of dollars worth of money invested by the locals in the past five years?

BD GDP is a miracle produced by Mustafa and the BBS. Meanwhile, BD is unable dredge its rivers asking small countries like Denmark to help all the time.

Why do not you ask your BAL party to do everything by the country's people. How about building a dredger or a vertical crane?
 

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Yes, an underdeveloped BD has broken all the past records of other countries. It is the only country in the world whose GDP keeps on growing without making investments.

How many billions of FDI came and how many billions of dollars worth of money invested by the locals in the past five years?

BD GDP is a miracle produced by Mustafa and the BBS. Meanwhile, BD is unable dredge its rivers asking small countries like Denmark to help all the time.

Why do not you ask your BAL party to do everything by the country's people. How about building a dredger or a vertical crane?
No need for whining again and again. If you come to Bangladesh you will see whole Bangladesh is a construction zone and it doesn’t happen without investment. Below video answers to many of your queries:

 

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No need for whining again and again. If you come to Bangladesh you will see whole Bangladesh is a construction zone and it doesn’t happen without investment. Below video answers to many of your queries:

Construction boom cannot provided a sustainable development. You perhaps are not aware that the GoB has taken Taka loans of $128 billion from the banks and by selling bonds to do construction works that feed your BAL cronies.

Now, if a company wants to build a factory the banks are not there to extend him loans.

Millions of mills and factories must be built to provide jobs to those who tend to die in the Mediterranean Sea all the time and BD becomes very famous for these mishaps.
 

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