U.S. Ambassador James F. Moriarty stressed the importance of decentralization to local governments to ensure a smooth recovery and reconstruction effort after a natural disaster in Bangladesh.
The U.S. envoy made the remarks while jointly hosting a seminar with Bangladesh Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque. The seminar was titled "The Role of Local Governments in Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation."
The U.S. government, through USAID, is funding a $2 million project. It is being implemented by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Rupantar, in 159 local government offices in the five districts most affected by Cyclone Sidr, according to a U.S. embassy press statement in the capital, Dhaka.
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