Need to increase utilization of Climate Funds

Not sufficient, but government allocates some budgetary amounts related to climate change to 25 ministries and to the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministries; unfortunately the ministries are not are not able to utilize these allocated amount. If we analyze the government budget, we will find out a huge differences between the actual expenditure and the budgetary allocations. In FY2019-20, there was budgetary allocation , amounted Tk. 787.24 crore Taka for climate change of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, but the ministry has utilized only Tk. 436.16 crore. The ministry couldn’t able to expend Tk.351.08 crore. The unutilized budgetary allocation was Tk. 147.49 crore in FY 2020-21. The climate budget of the ministry was Tk.542.57 crore for FY 2021-22, it has revised in Tk.582.62 crore in present budget session. The expenditure report tells us that the ministry has expended about 50 percent of climate allocation for FY 2021-22. So, The trends of the expenditure gives us a sign to failure again to utilize the allocated budget. The government also allocates climate budget to 25 ministries. The expenditure report of 25 ministries are not satisfactory also. There was unitize amount was Tk.4,407.04 crore in FY 2020-21, Tk.5,749.96 crore in FY 2019-20 and Tk.1293.9 crore in FY 2019-20. (Ref. Climate Budget Utilization Report by Prodip K. Roy).

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Human Rights and Inequality is the concern for Post 2015 Agenda

Dhaka 1st April 2014. Today in a panel discussion held in Dhaka Reporters’ Unity Mr. Roberto Bissio, the Coordinator of Social Watch, a global civil society alliance working in more than hundred countries, said that the enforcement for human rights and addressing inequalities should be the main concern in setting post 2015 development agenda.
The panel discussion titled “Post 2015 Development Agenda: Future Global Development Partnership” organized by EquityBD, Social Watch Bangladesh and Unnayan Samunnay. The panel discussion is moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD and other speakers of the session are Ahmed Swapan of VOICE, Aminur Rasul of Unnayan Dhara Trust, Prodip K Roy of Online Knowledge Society, Dr Sohel Iqbal, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Barkat Ullah Maruf of EquityBD.

MNC undermines the poor

Dhaka, 21st November 2013. Today fifteen civil society rights group including farmers and labororganization in a rally organized in front of national press club Dhaka urgegovernment to emphasizefree movement of natural labor in the upcoming WTO ministerial to be held in Bali during 3 to 6 December 2013.
The speakers in the gathering said that demand for duty free and quota free access (DFQF) and relaxation of rules of origin is atrap demand agenda for the LDCsas it might create weaker position to oppose TISA (Trade in Service Agreement) and TICFA (Trade Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement). The fifteen organizations are Aropn, OK Society, EquityBD, MFTD, SDO, Kishani Shova, CDP, Jatiya Sromik Jote, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Bangladesh Bumihin Somitee, BFLF, VOICE, LaborResource Centre, Surokkha and AgrogotiFoundation.

Garment makers fear labour unrest: Shutdown of factories, deferred payment may spark instability

Garment makers fear widespread labour unrest because of shutdown of some factories and deferred payment to workers as fallout from global recession bites Bangladesh. They said at least seven factories have already been shut down and some are in a critical situation as the number of orders from international buyers declined significantly.

The manufacturers and the leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) were speaking at a meeting with the editors, chairmen and managing directors of print and electronic media at Sonargaon Hotel last night.

At the meeting, BGMEA President Abdus Salam Murshedy said many people had earlier thought that Bangladesh would remain immune to the recession as the country mainly produces basic garment items.  But the country is now losing out the market of basic items to competing countries such as China, India and Pakistan, Murshedy said.

Referring to a string of measures taken by different countries, the BGMEA chief said China has been giving a 17 percent tax rebate to exporters, which makes the country more competitive than before. Similarly, India, Pakistan and Vietnam are giving bailout packages to the garment sector, he said.

Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury Parvez, the immediate past BGMEA president, said the competing countries are enjoying the facilities of lead-time, higher cash incentives, higher productivity from the workers and policy supports, whereas the Bangladeshi manufacturers are struggling to get “basic support” from the government.

Tipu Munshi MP, another former BGMEA president, said the government would not lose anything if it offers any package for the garment sector, as the sector directly employed three million workers and involved 20 million people indirectly.

Moazzem Hossain, editor of The Financial Express, urged garment manufacturers to assess the impact of global price fall of basic commodities and demand drop of locally made garment items.

Source: The Daily Star, 13 April 2009