Bangladesh: Padma Bridge not part of Belt and Road Initiative

DHAKA, 19 June 2022, (TON): Foreign Ministry in a statement said “it has noticed that some quarters are trying to portray that the Padma Multipurpose Bridge scheduled to be opened on June 25, 2022, has been constructed with the assistance of foreign funds and is a part of the Belt and Road Initiative.”

it said "Ministry of Foreign Affairs categorically asserts that the Padma Multipurpose Bridge has been entirely funded by the Government of Bangladesh and no foreign funds from any bilateral or multilateral funding agency has financially contributed to its construction.”

It said “both Bangladeshi and foreign construction firms were engaged for the implementation of the project.”

The foreign ministry said “the completion of this bridge will fulfill the long-cherished dream of the nation for connecting the 19 south-western districts with the rest of the country resulting in collective prosperity, socioeconomic development of Bangladesh as well as enhanced regional connectivity.”

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