Former governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Atiur Rahman observed that the brave people of Bangladesh proved the earlier concern over the country’s economic flourish wrong. “Immediately after independence of Bangladesh, many thought of the country as a ‘bottomless basket case’ or ‘a test case of development’. But the brave people of Bangladesh have proved them totally wrong,” he said. According to him, exploration of aspirations in 1971 has made the country an entrepreneurial nation. The country now is an example of sustainable and inclusive development. Dr Atiur was speaking at a seminar on ‘Trends of Bangladesh Economy’ organized by Bangladesh Society for Cultural and Social Studies at the RC Mazumder Auditorium of Dhaka University, on Monday. The seminar was organized to celebrate Victory Day (16 December) of Bangladesh. Other discussants were Dr Mohammad Helal, associate professor of Department of Economics, Dhaka University; Monwar Hossain, economic journalist and Kawsar Ahmed, city editor, the Daily Janakantha. The event was chaired by the president of the society Dr Sarwar Ali. Dr. Atiur also said, “It is Bangabandhu who initialed inclusive development in Bangladesh. The constitution prepared under his leadership clearly asserts the commitment to eradicate all forms of exploitation of farmers, workers and other underprivileged groups to make Bangladesh a country of balanced development.”
He added that anti-liberation forces killed Bangabandhu in 1975 and caused irreparable damage to the nation’s vision for realizing more equalizing and inclusive growth. “Yet, after a lot more sacrifices we now have his daughter as our Prime Minister who is working relentlessly and with total dedication to fulfill the Father of the Nation’s dream. And indeed, we have already started getting the fruits of her dynamic inclusive leadership.” Atiur said that according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ “World in 2050″ report, Bangladesh is already 31st largest economy (measured in PPP adjusted USD) and will be among the top three fastest growing economies in the world in the coming years.