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Index_picCOAST Trust and Equity and Justice Working Group organized Jointly a press conference on inauguration of a new Booklet for ” [B]Climate Change impact and Disaster Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Areas of [/B][B]Bangladesh[/B][B] “[/B] at reporters unit, dhaka. Dr. Ibrahim, Dr. tofayl Ahammed, Dr. Fardusi Begum inauguration the book .

In this Press conference COAST and EJWG has present there position paper on climate change impact , there demands and some recommendation. Member of Equity & Justice Working Group AHM Bazlur Rahman presented the key note paper.

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Dhaka, 06 October 2007. Equity and Justice Working Group –EJWG, has organized roundtable discussion on ‘Accountability of ODA Use and Indebted Bangladesh’ at the CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka, basically to initiate a policy discourse for demanding the debt cancellation of Bangladesh. In each year Bangladesh pays US 715 dollars to its foreign creditors as debt service, which is more than the country’s annual health budget. During 1980s an individual owed around Tk 4000, now it has been increased to Tk. 10,500. Alternatively annual ODA is decreasing gradually. The speakers says the loan conditionalities of the IFIs is limiting state investment in the public service sector like education, health, communication etc which is leaving poor out of these services and increasing social and economical inequalities. In these circumstances, Bangladesh would not be able to achieve MDGs Goal; the speakers at the seminar express their worries. Bangladesh needs US 7.5 billion dollars a year to finance the implementation of MDGs but the amount of ODA is 1.4 billion dollar a year, which is a huge shortfall of the requirement. Therefore, Bangladesh requires exclusively grant based finance and 100% debt cancellation.

Mr. Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Organizing Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Ex Parliamentarian and Ex Army chief Maj. Gen (Rtd) Mahbubur Rahman and Tasnim Rana of BNP, Jatiya Party policy maker and ex-parliamentarian GM Quader, Worker’s Party leader Rashed Khan Menon given speech in the seminar Mr. Don van Luijn of Oxfam Novib gives a speech on globa perspective of debt cancellation thereby releasing resources for essential services.

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and Md Shamsuddoha respectively Convener and General Secretary of EJWG presented the keynote paper in the Seminar and Mr Rafiqul Islam Khokon and AHM Bazlur Rahman respectively from RUPANTAR and BNNRC moderated the seminar.

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01Dhaka 10th September 2007 Equity and Justice Working Group (EJWG) has organized a press conference in National Press Club, Dhaka, demanded reconsideration of PSI agreement with IMF mission at present who is visiting Bangladesh. They also demanded transparency of all the agreement with IFIs (international financial institutions) in here. They said, it is due to the credibility and relevance crisis of the IMF globally, to save herself IMF looking for PSI (policy support instrument) agreement with government of Bangladesh, they are desperetly looking for this opportunity in the absence of parliament. On behalf of the group Rezaul Karim Chowdhury read out a written statement and Aminur Rasul, AHM Bazlur Rahman, Sahadat Islam Mintu and Mostafa Kamal Akanda answered different questions of the participants.

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