On Monday, the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum began where the government of Bangladesh called for a decrease in conditions that must be met to receive assistance from donors.
After a gap of nearly four and half years, the host government, multilateral lending agencies, and development partners gathered again for a meeting in Dhaka. Donors reminded the government of the need for better execution of development projects.
The Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, and others suggested that more grants and concessional loans should be given without conditions in order to fight global meltdown.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke about working towards making Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2010 through democratic means.