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Delta Commission to look after water resource management:PM
Staff Correspondent
Published :Monday, 9 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 18
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that 'Delta Commission' and 'Delta Fund' will be formed to implement the 'Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100' by utilizing experiences of the Netherlands.
"The commission will look after issues concerned like water resource management, land reclamation from the sea and rivers, land protection and agriculture management," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a crowded press conference at her Official Ganabhaban residence in the capital to brief the media about the outcome of her three-day official visit to the Netherlands from November 3-5 at the invitation of Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. She noted that both Bangladesh and Netherlands were delta countries but the latter's delta management had been the most advanced in the world.
Hasina said her recently-concluded visit to The Hague had brightened Bangladesh's image in Europe apart from 'strengthening bilateral ties'.
Prime Minister said that her visit to Netherlands added a new dimension to the bilateral relations between Dhaka and Amsterdam and further brightened country's image on the world stage, particularly in Europe.
"I believe that the tour has further consolidated and widened the bilateral cooperation between the Netherlands and Bangladesh and made it visible," she said.
Hasina recalled that during her visit to Germany in 1975, her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had asked her to see for herself how the country had reclaimed land from rivers and the sea.
During her Netherlands visit, she said she had acquired a "deeper" understanding of the system.
The Netherlands has only four big rivers whereas Bangladesh has about 1200 rivers including 350 big rivers, she pointed out.
"We have a much greater scope than them to utilise the rivers," the Prime Minister added.
She said agriculture had been high on the agenda of bilateral discussions in The Hague and she had visited agricultural farms, green houses, and processing centres for agricultural products. "The Netherlands is one-third the size of Bangladesh but it is the second largest exporter of agricultural products.
"That's why we've identified agriculture as one of the main fields of cooperation," the prime minister added.
Dutch Queen Maxima, who is also the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on 'Inclusive Finance for Development', will visit Dhaka this month, Hasina said.
Minister for Public Administration and Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, PM's Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his feputy Md Shahriar Alam, and State Minister for Water Resources Mohammad Nazrul Islam were present on the dais, while PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim moderated the press conference.

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