Bangladesh leaped over 16 countries in last 10 years: Planning Minister
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, Bangladesh was extreme poor country in the last 10 years but it is not that type of country at present. Bangladesh has leaped over 16 countries in this decade of the world economy. In the next 22 years it will pass over more 22 countries.
He delivered the information of Bangladesh’s development in a review on the proposed budget organized by Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at a hotel in the capital on Sunday.
Speaking as the chief guest the Planning Minister said, when I went to the CPD program in last year, I went there as extreme poor. Now we are not extreme poor. Some days ago the United Nations recognized us a developing country. Earlier World Bank gave us recognition of lower middle income country.
He said, we have come out from the bracket of poor class. There is a good news- 10 years ago our position in the world economy was 58th
. In these 10 years we have leaped over 16 countries, now our position is 42nd
. These 16 countries are- Finland, Slovakia, Romania, New Zealand, Qatar, Vietnam, Portugal, Greece, Peru, Iraq, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Kuwait, Sudan and oil rich country Venezuela.
Mustafa Kamal said, our target is to reach at the stage of developed country from this 42. Insallah we will able to do that.
He said, if we can leap over 16 countries in 10 years then that we have a dream of being developed country, we can meet it. Bangladesh can pass over 22 countries in 22 years by leaping over countries one by one. Then Bangladesh’s position in the world economy will be 20th
. We will be able to reach in the elite class of G-20.
The Planning Minister said, perhaps, according to CPD statement we could not achieve the export target. The main problem behind this is power. Industry cannot be built if there is no power. Then output will not be achieved. And there will be no mechanism for export.
In the program State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan was present as the special guest. Former commerce minister Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury and MCCI president Barrister Nihad Kabir were also present.
CPD Executive Director Dr. Fahmida Khatun presented the key note papers on budget review and recommendation discussion. Honorary fellow of CPD Professor Mustafizur Rahman moderated the session. The program was presided over by CPD Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan.
While speaking the Planning Minister said, nobody will be spared associated with irregularities in banking sector. Central Bank will be strengthened to bring discipline in this sector. 14 people were sent to jail for Farmers Bank irregularities. But the government will allow all out cooperation to those who will do business maintaining the rules.