Sep 24, 2018 | Issue 206


Bangladesh: A decade of development

The last ten years has been a transformative for Bangladesh, owing to a raft of measures had been devised and being put in place by the Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government. On impact, people are ever more optimistic about their economic future--- rate of poverty has come down to a record low, a stellar successes has been vindicated on the improvement of living standard, per capita income generation saw a meteoric rise and a significant lift up on human development indices—alongside, the country has become an exemplar for the others to follow. (PDF)

Bangladesh leading in women empowerment

In the last decade, the country has improved gender parity across all sectors by ensuring greater participation in socio-economic and political activities. The country is now regarded as an example for the empowerment of women in the world. HPM Sheikh Hasina has long recognized the contribution of women as a key driver for transformation of the country. From achieving gender parity in fulfillment of MDG related goals, to the ever growing participation of women on economic and political front, the country has emerged as a role model in South Asia in ensuring empowerment of women. (PDF)

Bangladesh peace and security

On the back of a strong political will and unwavering commitment shown by the government to combat domestic and transnational terrorism, and its counter terrorism activities have made it harder for transnational terrorists to operate in the Bangladeshi territory. Apart from setting an international benchmark in tackling terrorism financing, the country has taken the fight head on to the terrorists after the attack at a Dhaka cafe in July, 2016. On the other hand, a stream of glowing appraisals has been bestowed upon the able leadership of HPM Sheikh Hasina for the country carving out its name as one of the leading troops providers in UN missions to make the world a safer place. (PDF)

Bangladesh on the international stage

Over the course of last ten years, Bangladesh has excelled on the global stage, bagging a number of prestigious awards and making its presence stronger before the world. In a number of regional forums, in addition to a host of international forums, HPM Sheikh Hasina has been credited with presenting a set of prudent ideas to give a breakthrough against global menaces including the likes of poverty. On the other hand, Bangladesh, under the leadership of HPM, emerged out as the most strong voice, on behalf of the smaller nations, in dealing with the growing curse of climate changes. On top of all, the sheltering of more than three million Rohingays, forcibly displaced people fled Myanmar in the fear of ethnic persecution, has set an unprecedented example on grounds of standing for humanity. (PDF)

Bangladesh quality education for all

Bangladesh has emerged as one of the developing world’s biggest success stories in making education inclusive, thanks to earmarking education as a thrust area by HPM Sheikh Hasina in 2009. Under her prudent leadership, Bangladesh has witnessed free distribution of 1.9 billion text books, 13 million students are being provided with scholarships and stipends, special measures are being taken for promoting girls education, education for students with disabilities have been prioritized and higher secondary, tertiary and technical education are being streamlined. (PDF)

Bangladesh towards better healthcare

While Bangladesh is the eight most populous country in the world, Bangladesh takes a quantum leap in turning out to be one of the best health performers. As regards to basic healthcare, most of the targets, set under the MDG goals, have been accomplished well ahead of time. At the crux of this landmark achievement stays a stream of visionary initiatives, as envisioned and implemented by HPM Sheikh Hasina, one of which is the introduction of community clinic, that global experts have touted to be exemplary. The average life expectancy has reached all-time high, and a new born in this country is more likely to celebrate her fifth birthday than her Indian and Pakistani counterpart. (PDF)

Bangladesh hits record 7.86% GDP growth; per capita income rises to USD 1,751

Bangladesh has posted the highest-ever 7.86% GDP growth in 2017-18 financial year, well surpassing the estimated growth of 7.65%. The per capita income increased to US$ 1,751 in 2017-18 from US$ 1,610 in the previous fiscal, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). In the last fiscal, the contribution of agriculture to the GDP was 13.82%, while that of industry and services sectors were 30.17 %and 56% respectively. The GDP growth was 7.28% in 2016-17 FY, 7.11% in 2015-16 FY and 6.55% in 2014-15 FY.

Human Dev Index: Bangladesh 3 notches up

Bangladesh has moved three notches up to the 136th place among 189 countries in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme. Bangladesh had also moved up three spots and ranked 139th in HDI 2015 due to the remarkable progress it made in many socio-economic areas, including life expectancy and per capita income. Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 statistical update was released to ensure consistency in reporting on key human development indices and statistics. It includes an analysis of the state of human development-snapshots of current conditions as well as long-term trends in human development indicators.

Active internet connections 90 million

The number of active internet connections in Bangladesh hit 90 million in August thanks to the addition of about 1.8 million new connections to the network in a month. Of them, 80.47 million are connected with mobile internet, 5.7 million with fixed broadband internet while the rest use WiMAX. Earlier, the total number of active internet connections crossed the seventy million milestone in April 2017, the sixty million mark in August 2016, fifty million in August 2015 and forty million in September 2014.

Bangladesh Asia’s 2nd most gender equal country: World Economic Forum

Bangladesh is the second most gender equal country in Asia, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. The 2018 report published on its website says the country has climbed several places since last year’s report, reaching 47th place in the global ranking. “Bangladesh has closed almost 72 percent of its overall gender gap, with advances in every aspect of the Economic Opportunity and Participation indicator,” it says. Improvements have been made in creating equal opportunities for legislator, senior official and manager roles, as well as professional and technical roles.

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