Published:  01:21 AM, 25 October 2018

Peru to copy BD's SDG tracker

Peru to copy BD's SDG tracker a2i- Innovate for All of Bangladesh and the 'National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI)' of Peru signed a MoU at Dubai on Tuesday to establish a framework of cooperation in monitoring SDGs and different data initiatives. -AA

Peru will replicate the success of Bangladesh in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using the SDG tracker like Bangladesh.

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the 'National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI)' of Peru and 'a2i- Innovate for All of Bangladesh' at Dubai in the UAE on Tuesday to establish a framework of cooperation in monitoring SDGs and different data initiatives.

The MoU signing was held at an event jointly organized by a2i, INEI and Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) at the UN World Data Forum at Dubai in UAE, said a press release.

South-South cooperation provides the platform to facilitate exchange of knowledge, experiences and expertise to assist a more comprehensive understanding of citizen-centric service delivery among the countries of the global South. Partnership is an important goal among SDGs and a crucial means for achieving them, the release said.

As part of this MoU, a2i will share knowledge and expertise with INEI on relevant initiatives related to national development, and also support the INEI in tracking SDGs through SDG Tracker, a simple but powerful tool for comprehensive targets setting and progress tracking of each SDG, indicator by indicator.

The SDG tracker can be adjusted to each development context and a set of challenges faced. It will also lead to efficient resource allocation and effective policy making for inclusive and sustainable development.

The a2i, with support from ICT Division, UNDP and USAID and in collaboration with the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission, designed and developed the 'SDG Tracker' to create an online data repository for accurately monitoring progress of realizing SDG indicators. The new collaboration between Bangladesh's a2i and Peru's INEI will make the nexus of SDG Tracker, South-South Cooperation and citizen-centric public service development stronger and more effective.

It will further expand new opportunities and possibilities that will lead to joint initiatives for achieving national development objectives and SDGs. INEI's Deputy Chief Dr. Anibal Sanchez Aguilar, a2i's Project Director and Additional Secretary to the Gover-nment Md. Mustafizur Rahman; INEI's  Technical Cooperation Specialist Luis Calle Rosasco, a2i's Policy Advisor Anir Chowdhury, distinguished Fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Prof Mustafizur Rahman, a2i's Head of Results Management and Data Dr. Ramiz Uddin, representatives from UN Statistics Division and Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) was present in the event, among others.

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