Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has urged developed nations to make predictable their Official Development Assistance (ODA) and distribute them in equitable manner among least developed countries (LDCs) as she joined a dialogue on ODA quality and debt problem in Lisbon.

The foreign minister co-chaired the meeting while she also called for rectification of the huge imbalances in terms of ODA per capital among the LDCs, a foreign ministry press statement said in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh foreign minister asked for greater labour mobility, so that LDCs can benefit from migrants remittance as an innovative source of finance.

She also demanded that rights of migrant labours must be ensured and called for reduction of migration costs. She remarked that greater market access could be the best form of outside support for LDCs.

The foreign minister asked for early conclusion of the Doha Round and underscored the need to secure agreement on free movement of service providers and extension of exemption of the LDcs from the obligations of patenting pharmaceutical products under the TRIPs(Trade Related Aspect of Intellectual Property right) agreement.

She attended a program of the expatriate Bangladesh community in Lisbon and exchanged views on their livelihood, working conditions and concerns, the statement added.

BBN/SSR/AD-03Oct10-11:04 pm (BST)