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Bangladesh has already started to dictate the donor agencies, as the country is building the Padma Bridge with its own fund by saying 'thank you' to the World Bank, that's a tremendous signal

Bangladesh is not an aid-dependent country anymore and it has already started dictating the donor agencies, speakers said at a seminar on Wednesday.

They also emphasized that Bangladesh should transform its aids from grants to concessional loans through building partnership with the foreign parts.

Speakers came up with the remarks at a seminar titled, “Development Partnerships in Middle Income Countries”, held at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) seminar hall.

BIDS Senior Fellow Dr Syed Sajjadur Rahman, who is also a faculty-member at International Development and Global Studies department under Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada presented the keynote paper in the event.

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