DHAKA, Economists, diplomats and business leaders have expressed their firm optimism that Bangladesh would gain higher GDP growth on a sustainable basis thanks to the business and investmentfriendly environment and policy offered by the present government.
Even the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Bangladesh has achieved the
fastest growth in the AsiaPacific economies comprised of 45 countries.
The country attained 7.9 percent growth in the outgoing fiscal 201819
which was the fastest expansion since 1974, said the Manilabased donor in
its recent Asian Development Outlook (ADO).
Talking to BSS, renowned economist and chairman of Bangladesh Palli Karma
Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said no other country
in the world except Bangladesh has been able to perform continuously to gain
higher GDP growth on a sustainable basis.
This has been possible as there is now an ample scope for work and a huge
labour force in the country who can do hard work, he added.
Dr Ahmad, an expresident of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), also said
there are also many countries in the world which could not fully utilize
their labour forces due to lack of opportunities.
He said Bangladesh is now doing well mainly due to three reasons policy,
favorable environment and situation and huge labour force.
Our Prime Minister often speaks highly about this hard working labour
force and her government is taking many steps to properly use this labour
force, he said.
The famed economist said earlier the international agencies assumed the
government tends to hide data and statistics which was a reason for making
their conservative projections.
But, the situation has now changed and that's why I think that the
projections of other international agencies including ADB now come close to
the government's projections, he said.
Ambassador and former Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United
Nations Md Abdul Hannan said Bangladesh has witnessed an overall inclusive
development over the last 10 years both at the urban and rural levels.
I'm sure that the people of the country is very much grateful to this
leadershipthe people of the country, bureaucracy and the private
entrepreneurs have been associated with this political leadership, he said.
Referring to the government's initiatives for establishing some 100 special
economic zones across the country, Hannan, also the vicepresident of BEA,
said these economic zones would spur growth through generating more
He suggested spreading industrialization, generating more employments,
enhancing skills and facing the challenges of 4th industrial revolution.
Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, former president of Federation of Bangladesh
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), said Bangladesh has been achieving
a very healthy growth rate over the last couple of years including 7.86
percent GDP in the last year (FY18) and 8.13 percent in the outgoing fiscal
This will definitely help improve further the socioeconomic conditions of
the country and the government's bid to become a higher middle income
country, he added.
Shafiul, also a former top leader of country's apparel sector, noted
Bangladesh has been achieving comparatively higher GDP growth than other
countries in Asia due to very hard working entrepreneurs and laborers,
expatriate Bangladeshis, revolution in agriculture while womenfolk are also
He opined Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been able to successfully lead
the country with her strong leadership as she pursues the right policy and
The businessfriendly environment is now prevailing here, but we could
have done better had there been further improvement in doing business
situation, he added.
Shafiul underscored the need for taking concerted efforts by all to
implement the various plans of the country including Delta Plan2100 to
further boost the country's GDP growth.
The ADB in its recent outlook predicted that the growth will be 8 percent
in the FY2019 and FY2020, terming it a new record.
Bangladesh will continue to be the fastest in the AsiaPacific, the bank
said in its ADO.
ADB Country Director for Bangladesh Resident Mission Manmohan Parkash
handed over the ADO to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the
parliament on Wednesday.
The ADO, the annual publication of the ADB, evaluates and forecasts
economic performance of the 45 Asian and Pacific countries.
It said the growth will be moderate across most of developing Asia 5.7
percent in 2019 and 5.6 percent in 2020 from 6.2 percent in 2017 and 5.9
percent in 2018.
South Asia will see buck trend of slowing growth in Asia 6.8 percent in
2019 and 6.9 percent in 2020.
The ADO said the key attributors of this growth are strong leadership,
good governance, stable government and continued political calm, sound
macroeconomic policy and right development priorities.
The drivers of the growth have been identified as higher public
investment, stronger consumption demand, revival in exports, improved power
supply and higher growth in private sector credit.
The ADO mentioned strong public investment due to continued policy
environment and expeditious implementation of large infrastructure projects
and higher tax collection with expanded tax base will move Bangladesh economy
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)