November 6, 2016
Honorable Chief Guest, Mr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Cabinet Secretary,
Honorable Chairperson, Mr. N. M. Zeaul Alam, Secretary (Coordination & Reform), Cabinet Division,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Assalam alaikum, Namaskar and Good Afternoon.
It is indeed a great pleasure for me to attend the seminar, "Implementation of National Integrity Strategy: Selected Good Practices" jointly organized by the Cabinet Division and JICA. This is the second seminar to share good practices under the framework of NIS.
As distinctly stipulated in the Seventh Five Year Plan, NIS is a comprehensive good governance strategy to prevent corruption and promote integrity not only in the Government of Bangladesh but also all strata of the society. JICA's collaboration with the Cabinet Division toward implementation of NIS started right after the cabinet approval of it in 2012, and a technical cooperation project named "NIS Support Project" was launched in October 2014 aiming to establish a framework for effective implementation of NIS.
I'm very much pleased to learn all the progress as well as good practices presented today, which are the results of the collective effort by all ministries, divisions and institutions concerned under the guidance of the Cabinet Division. The framework of effective NIS implementation has been successfully established through Quarterly Focal Point Workshops to review the progress of NIS work plans, NIS workshops targeting different NIS stakeholders, public hearings organized by the Anti-Corruption Commission, and formulation of NIS Road Map. Several other government-led initiatives, such as Annual Performance Agreement and Access to Information (A2I), are also providing good incentives to effectively put into practice the overall NIS framework.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Bangladesh has continued steady economic growth, raising its growth rate to the new height of seven percent last fiscal year. As we all know, however, experiences in other countries indicate that dynamic economic growth is prone to widen income gaps among citizens and between rural and urban areas, causing sometimes social disruption and instability. On the other hand, various empirical studies show that promotion of good governance has positive impact on well balanced economic growth and social development. In this respect, I believe Honorable Cabinet Secretary's mission to Japan in July last sent by the NIS Support Project observed directly how Japanese government employs numerous measures to ensure good governance and social cohesion.
From this point of view, it is quite desirable that in Bangladesh Honorable Prime Minister herself is at the helm of National Integrity Advisory Council, and Honorable Finance Minister presides over Executive Committee of NIS. As manifested by the topmost leadership of the Government of Bangladesh, it is the exclusive responsibility of the public sector to lead effective implementation of NIS, showing role models by strictly maintaining integrity in providing services to the general public as well as in procuring goods and services. The Executive Committee of NIS is expected to shortly approve the final draft of NIS Road Map. I would like to ask particularly Honorable Secretaries and Additional Secretaries to induce full implementation of NIS Road Map on their own initiative, setting a good example for their staff. We at JICA are firmly committed to continue our cooperation to such effort of the Government of Bangladesh to achieve what NIS aims for.
In closing, I sincerely hope the Cabinet Division together with all ministries, divisions and institutions concerned will continue to try every possible means to produce transformational results in implementation of NIS, leading up to prosperous and harmonized development of Bangladesh, that is "Sonar Bangla."
Apnader Shabaike Dhannabad. Thank you very much.