Govt mulls taking World Bank grant for Rohingyas

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 00:22, Jun 15, 2018 | Updated : 00:26, Jun 15, 2018

Rohingya children carry supplies through Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 23, 2017. REUTERSThe government is examining a proposal to accept World Bank grant for Rohingyas.
The issue has been discussed Thursday at the 21st National Taskforce on Undocumented Rohingyas held at the foreign ministry with foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque at the chair.
An officer who attended the meeting said, “The total grant is about $400 million and the global lender in its first tranche wants to give about $200 million.”
The amount will be used for healthcare, education, water and sanitation, and infrastructure, he said.
The Economic Relations Division has made a presentation on the proposal in the meeting and they want to sign to as soon as possible, he added.
Another official said, there is a clear directive from the Prime Minister’s Office that no credit would be taken for Rohingya purposes.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith had a meeting with World Bank and other donor agencies in Washington in April and conveyed the PMO directives to them, the official said.
Bangladesh is home to over 1.1 million Rohingyas who fled their homeland due to a crackdown on them by Myanmar military regime.