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Govt plans view-exchange meetings on COVID-19 stimulus packages

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The Finance Division will hold a series of view-exchange meetings to create much more awareness in all quarters over the various aspects of stimulus packages to offset the shock of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic recovery of the country.
The view-exchange meetings will be held in three episodes highlighting the government's steps to face COVID-19 and the announced as well as undertaken steps of the government to ensure sustainable and inclusive economic recovery, said a Finance Ministry statement.
The first meeting will be held on November 26 at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city with the theme "Sustaining employment and bringing back the overall economic demand and supply system in to normalcy".
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi will present at that meeting as the chief guest while Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir will remain present as special guest.
The second view-exchange meeting will be held on December 3 at the same venue with the theme "Employment generation and rejuvenation of rural economy".
Planning Minister MA Mannan will remain present at the view-exchange meeting as the chief guest while Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam will present as special guest.
The statement said that the third and the last meeting will be held on December 10 at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium with the title "Expanding the coverage of social safety nets and ensuring food security".
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque will remain present at that meeting as the chief guest while Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus will present as special guest.
The government, under the direct supervision and direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has already set a short, mid-term and long-term working strategy to face the crisis derived from COVID-19 and also to ensure fast economic recovery through rejuvenating the affected economic activities. The government has so far announced a total of 21 stimulus packages worth over Taka 1.21 lakh crore (Taka 1,21,353 crore or 4.3 percent of GDP) to ensure social security and economic recovery while implementation of these stimulus packages are ongoing, the statement added.
Besides, a report on the implementation progress of the stimulus packages was placed before the Cabinet meeting earlier on November 2 by the Finance Division.

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