PRABRIDDHI hosts a 3-day long capacity development and knowledge exchange workshop on Local Economic Development (LED) with the partner municipalities and key national level stakeholders

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PRABRIDDHI organised a 3-day long workshop to develop the capacity of partner municipalities and national level stakeholders on Local Economic Development (LED) at Cox's Bazar on 13th-15th January 2023.

Mr. Md. Kamal Hossain, Joint Secretary, Local Government Department, and Project Director, PRABRIDDHI, Dewan Kamal Ahmed, President, Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB) and mayor, Nilphamari municipality, Mujibur Rahman, mayor, Cox’s Bazar municipality, Dr. Md. Sarwar Bari, Director General, Monitoring Inspection and Evaluation Wing, LGD, Md. Shahidul Islam, Joint Secretary, Urban Development Wing, LGD, Mujibul Hasan, Country Director, Swisscontact Bangladesh, delivered their valuable remarks during the inaugural session. Markus Ehmann, Team leader, PRABRIDDHI, presented the LED model the project is implementing.

The 3-day long workshop consisted of group discussions, exercises, and presentations. Issues such as economic development at the municipal level, the role of local stakeholders, and effective linkages between the public and private sectors were discussed. 

""The goal of the Honorable Prime Minister and the Government of Bangladesh is to ensure good governance at all levels. In recent years, the government's commitment to ensuring decentralisation has achieved momentum. If Switzerland's experience in local economic development is properly utilised, there remains a high scope to ensure development at the local level. I strongly hope that we will all be able to practice and apply the experience and knowledge on LED." "
stated by Muhammad Ibrahim, Secretary, Local Government Division (LGD) in his opening speech.

Special Guest Miss Corinne Henchoz Pignani, Deputy Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, shed light on the diplomatic relation between Switzerland and Bangladesh that has reached the 50 years milestone. She added, how both the nations share the joint commitments - localisation of SDGs and applying the LED model. She highlighted on how the LED model will help Bangladesh to reach the milestone - graduation from the “Least Developed Country” status in the year 2026.

The participants included representatives of partner municipalities, local private sectors, and relevant national level organisations. At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed willingness to advocate for the wider replication of the LED model.

PRABRIDDHI is a Local Economic Development project, funded by the Governments of Switzerland and Bangladesh and implemented by Swisscontact and Local Government Division.

All the representatives from the municipalities, National and local level participants, and officials from PRABRIDDHI project at the closing ceremony of the workshop.
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PRABRIDDHI – Local Economic Development
PRABRIDDHI focuses on building the capacity of an urban or rural territory to create a competitive advantage for its enterprises through a broad set of activities and improve the economic well-being of its people and workers.