Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged world leaders to formulate a well-coordinated roadmap to face the Covid-19 crisis.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has created a multifaceted global problem and it should be addressed globally,” she said while virtually inaugurating the 14th international conference of the Finance Ministers of ASEM member countries.
Bangladesh hosted the meeting virtually which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened by delivering a video message recorded earlier.
The theme of the 14th ASEM Finance Ministers Meeting is “Addressing Covid-19: Ensuring a Strong, Sustainable, Inclusive and Balanced Recovery”.
Sheikh Hasina expressed her optimism that the world is going to get effective vaccines against Covid-19 soon. She has called for making the vaccines available at free of costs for all countries.
“We’re hoping that the world is going to get effective vaccines soon. They must be made available for all countries, especially the LDCs and developing ones, at free of cost. The rich countries and, the MDBs and IFIs should come forward with generous support in this regard,” she said.
Concerted efforts for recovery
The Prime Minister urged the rich countries, Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to come forward.
Finance Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal gave the welcome address, while vice presidents of World Bank and ADB, as well as the IMF’s Deputy Director for the Asia-Pacific region, delivered keynote speeches at the conference.
Finance Ministers, Advisors on the Ministry of Finance and concerned representatives of the ASEM member states including Germany, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Thailand, Japan, China, Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore are taking part.