WB stops approving projects for Myanmar: Muhith
The World Bank (WB) has stopped approving projects for Myanmar as part of its move to beef up pressures for taking back its Rohingya people from Bangladesh in a peaceful way, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
“They have stopped approving all projects for Myanmar except the ones for Rohingyas and other distressed communities,” he said while briefing journalists after a meeting with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at his secretariat office in the capital on Sunday. Reports BSS.
Muhith said the visiting WB President and the UN Secretary General expressed their gratitude to Bangladesh as the country is giving shelter to around 1 million Rohingyas though it is an over populated country.
He said the visit of the WB and the UN chiefs will help create awareness among the world community for mounting pressure on Myanmar for taking back the Rohingyas.
“They (Rohingyas) will have to return to their country. We temporarily shelter them. I told the UN to take steps for making a safe zone for the Rohingyas in Myanmar so that they can live there without any fear,” he added.
Muhith said the WB will give 480 million US dollars in grants to support the Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
“The WB has collected 480 million US dollars for the Rohingyas. From the grants, around 50 million dollars will come within in a short time. The rest of the amount will come within two years,” he added.
The finance minister said the UN is also giving around 50 million dollars for bearing the expenses for the Rohingyas.
Responding to a question, he said, the government has kept Taka 400 crore in the national budget for financial year 2018-19 for the Rohingyas.