CHITTAGONG, Mar 18: Despite improvement in the corruption index of the country due to different steps taken by the government graft still poses a big challenge to development, a seminar has been told.
Referring to the TIB Corruption Conception Index experts said Bangladesh still stands 145th out of 176 countries, and except Afghanistan the position of Bangladesh is at
the lowest among South Asian countries. The seminar on New Global Development Agenda: Peace and Security, Human Rights and Governance was organised at a hotel in the port city on Saturday.
Citizens' Platform for SDG Bangladesh, in association with the Community Development Centre (CODEC) and the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organised it.
Chittagong City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin spoke on the occasion as the chief guest while East Delta University vice chancellor Professor Sekander Khan and eminent educationist Professor Ferdous Ara Aleem spoke as special guests.
Core Group member of the Citizens' Platform and executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Ms Shaheen Anam gave the introductory statement.
Chaired by Convener of the Citizens' Platform and Honorary Fellow of the CPD (Centre for Policy Dialogue) Professor Debapriya Bhattacharya the event was also addressed by deputy executive director of CIDEC Kamol Sengupta, Sachetan Nagorik Committee's Chittagong unit president Engineer Delwar Majumder and coordinator of the Citizens' Platform and CPD director Anisatul Fatema Yusuf.
Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of the TIB and Core Group member of the Citizens' Platform, presented the keynote paper at the session.
The speakers said it is possible alone for the government or citizens' platform to ensure peace, security, human rights and good governance. The government must play its role in a coordinated was with others from their respective positions in the context of the prevailing reality of the country. They emphasised participation of all stakeholders, including public representatives, government, private sector, civil society organisations, knowledge community and development partners in the implementation process for attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).