Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide 20 million dollar loan assistance for the current financial year. This loan is under process. Today Tuesday (September 20) ADB Country Director Edimon Ginting met the Finance Minister at the Secretariat. At this time, two billion dollar loan assistance was discussed between them in the current financial year. The Finance Minister praised ADB for speedily assisting Bangladesh in its socio-economic development, especially in transitioning from the harmful effects of Covid-19. ADB Country Director Edimon Ginting expressed his gratitude and thanks in advance to the Finance Minister for attending the 55th Annual Meeting of the Board of ADB to be held from 26 to 30 September. They also discussed about celebrating 50 years of relations between Bangladesh and ADB in 2023. The country director of ADB praised the government’s activities for the social and economic development of Bangladesh. Edimon Ginting said, ADB has a strong relationship with Bangladesh. ADB will stand by Bangladesh. ADB will continue to support the country’s rural and urban development and encourage investment in climate resilient development. Country Director of ADB praised the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for keeping the wheels of Bangladesh’s economy moving during the Corona pandemic. He said that Bangladesh has set one of the best examples in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic situation. ADB, one of Bangladesh’s major development partners, has so far provided USD 27.5 billion in loan assistance to the Bangladesh government. The Finance Minister thanked ADB for providing assistance to Bangladesh to overcome the potential economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. In particular, he urged ADB to provide more development assistance to face the challenges of transition from LDCs to developing countries. AHM Mustafa Kamal stressed the importance of continuing such cooperation between Bangladesh and ADB in the future to achieve overall development goals. In terms of development assistance in Bangladesh, ADB mainly prioritizes power, education, transport, energy, water resources, agriculture, local government, good governance, finance and private sector.