Worthy goals

The repercussions from the pandemic have understandably set us back.

While Bangladesh was well on its way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before the pandemic.

The repercussions from the pandemic have understandably set us back.

As such, both the public and private sectors of our country have to work together for the implementation of the numerous action plans if we want to achieve the SDGs within the year 2030.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said so herself while speaking as chief guest at the opening ceremony of the three-day 2nd National Conference on SDGs Implementation Reviews.

Highlighting the government’s support for policy and funding towards the implementation of the goals

To that end, the efficient spending of the available funds will be of paramount importance.

The primary goals of the SDGs are to eradicate poverty, protect the environment, and ensure that everyone lives a prosperous life.

As such, while the SDGs are a global initiative, the ethos of the project are very much aligned with Bangladesh’s own goals as a sovereign nation.

We have already seen the government embarking on projects which seek to ensure that everyone can come under a national housing scheme.

There have also been joint collaborations between the government and private entities to offer digital training to those in need.

The government’s efforts to foster different economic zones should also ensure that a vast amount of people in the country find employment.

A lot of the basics are in progress.

We just have to be resilient to see them through.

Of course, a lot of our projects suffer due to our age-old problems of corruption and undue bureaucracy, for the SDGs to fall under the same fate is inconceivable.

The government should be vigilant that these projects don’t go astray, and strict surveillance in both the private and public sectors have to be put in place so that there is no funny business.

The SDGs represent more than simple indicators. If achieved properly, they can change the makeup of the entire country. To that end, Bangladesh cannot fall behind.

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