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"BIDS Critical Conversations 2017" Held

A two-day long BIDS Critical Conversation 2017 was held during 23 and 24 April, 2017 at a  hotel in Dhaka addressing the “Bangladesh Journey: Accelerating Transformation”. The event created an opportunity for the policy makers and a broad spectrum of academics, practitioners, experts and civil society members to be engaged in a genuine conversation on the journey so far, the current state of development, and critical challenges for the future. Spread over a total of eleven sessions, this year’s conversation covered labor market, financial inclusion, mobile financial services, urbanization and climate change, education quality, child and maternal nutrition, growth and governance issues, and energy issues. Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, former governor, Bangladesh Bank and member of the BIDS Board of Trustees chaired the inaugural session of the event and Mr. Ziaul Islam, Secretary, Planning Division was present as the Special Guest. Dr. K.A.S. Murshid, Director General of BIDS made a keynote presentation highlighting various issues that generated renewed interests in the last year’s Conversation. The concluding plenary session “Towards the Industrial Revolution” was chaired by the eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan where Mr. H. T. Imam, Political Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister of the Government was present as the chief guest. The Conference was well attended by eminent scholars, policy makers, development practitioners, civil society members, activists, advocacy groups and journalists and generated a lot of interest and provided an effective platform of engagement and conversation. The trigger presentations and videos of the program are available below.

Day 1:

Inaugural Session: Bangladesh Journey: Continuing Conversation   Youtube_logo
Dr. K. A. S. Murshid,
Director General, BIDS.
Find the Presentation  here

Session 1: Can Bangladesh Continue to Grow without “Good Governance?”   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique,
Research Director, BIDS. 
Find the Presentation  here

Session 2A: Improving Quality of Education    Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Minhaj Mahmud,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS.

Session 2B: Potential Growth and Its Role in Policymaking   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Biru Paksha Paul,
Visiting Fellow, BIDS.
Find the Presentation  here

Session 3A: The Labour Market: Major Issues and Challenges   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. K. A. S. Murshid,
Director General, BIDS.
Find the Presentation  here

Session 3B: Critical Issues in Child and Maternal Nutrition   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Mainul Haque,
Research Fellow, BIDS.
Find the Presentation  here

Day 2: 

Session 1A: Financial Inclusion and the Banking Sector: Some Critical Issues    Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Kazi Iqbal,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS
Find the Presentation  here

Session 1B: Sustainable Cities in Bangladesh: Issues and Strategies   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Anwara Begum,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS.
Find the Presentation  here

Session 2A: Future Role of Mobile Financial Services    Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Monzur Hossain,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS
Find the Presentation  here

Session 2B: Climate Induced Migration in Bangladesh: Issues and Concerns   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Neelopal Adri,
Post-Doctoral Fellow, BIDS
Find the Presentation  here

Session 3A: State of Women Entrepreneurship: What We Have Achieved?    Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Nazneen Ahmed,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS
Find the Presentation  here

Session 3B: Water, Water, Everywhere?   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. M. Asaduzzaman,
Professorial Fellow, BIDS
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Session 4A: Energy Strategies    Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Minhaj Mahmud,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS
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Session 4B: Challenges of the National Social Security Strategy   Youtube_logo
Trigger Presentation: Dr. Mohammad Yunus,
Senior Research Fellow, BIDS
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Closing Plenary: Towards the Industrial Revolution    Youtube_logo
Vote of Thanks: Dr. K. A. S. Murshid,
Director General, BIDS

Prothom Alo-

http://www.prothom-alo.com/economy/article/1155351/

http://www.prothom-alo.com/opinion/article/1160766/

The Daily Ittefaq

http://www.ittefaq.com.bd/print-edition/trade/2017/04/25/191234.html

The Daily Star-

http://www.thedailystar.net/city/bids-conference-begins-sunday-1394572

The Financial Express-

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2017/04/24/67891/Follow-own-agenda-to-develop-labour-market,-standards

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2017/04/24/67977/


Dhaka Tribune:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/business/2017/04/24/call-mfs-modernisation-benefit-end-users/

The New Age:

http://www.newagebd.net/article/14243/

http://www.newagebd.net/article/14150/economic-dev-meaningless-without-good-governance-economists

Bonik Barta:

http://bonikbarta.net/bangla/news/2017-04-24/114929/

http://bonikbarta.net/bangla/news/2017-04-25/11504...

The Daily Samakal:

http://bangla.samakal.net/2017/04/25/287827

http://bangla.samakal.net/2017/04/24/287529

The Daily Jugantor:

http://ejugantor.com/2017/04/25/15/

http://www.jugantor.com/online/economics/2017/04/2...

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