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"BIDS Critical Conversations 2019" Held

“BIDS Critical Conversations 2019” was held during 28-29 April, 2019 at a hotel in Dhaka addressing the “Bangladesh Journey: Moving Beyond LDC”. Given Bangladesh’s excellent economic performance, the conference theme this year reflects on the core challenges faced that could potentially hold up our forward march. The “Critical Conversations” were intended to exchange views in a free, frank but calm manner focusing on evidence and analysis to support arguments.

Spread over a total of six technical sessions, this year’s topics included Macroeconomic and Financial Sector, Inequality and Poverty, Life after LDC, Quality and Relevance of Higher Education, Democratization of the Economy: Visions and Challenges, and Industrialization through Special Economic Zones.

The conference was inaugurated by Mr. M A Mannan, MP and Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh graced the event as the Guest of Honour. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary and Member, General Economic Division was present as the Special Guest. Dr. K.A.S. Murshid, Director General of BIDS provided the background context and introduced the Conference, as Chair.

The concluding plenary session, “Difficult Discussions” was chaired by eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan where Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister of the Government was present as the Chief Guest. An eminent panel of experts was present to address critical and relatively sensitive issues on Migration Policy, Violence Against Children and the implications of the Emerging Political Economy of Bangladesh.

The conference was well attended by eminent scholars, policy makers, development practitioners, civil society members, activists, advocacy groups and journalists, and generated keen public interest. Video links to the different sessions are given below.

Inaugural Session: “Bangladesh Journey: Moving Beyond LDC”Youtube_logo

Chair: Dr. K A S  Murshid, Director General, BIDS

Chief Guest:   Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan , MP

               Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Guest of Honour:  Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government,  Government of the People’s Republic of   Bangladesh              

Special Guest:    Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division 

  Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Session 1: Critical Issues in Macroeconomic and Financial Sectors   Youtube_logo

Trigger Presentations: 

 1. Dr. Kazi Iqbal, Senior Research Fellow, BIDS     pdf

 2. Dr. Monzur Hossain,  Senior Research Fellow, BIDS     pdf

Session 2: Inequality and  Regional Poverty  Youtube_logo

Trigger Presentations: 

1. Dr. Binayak Sen, Research Director, BIDS     pdf

2. Dr. S.M. Zulfiqar Ali,  Senior Research Fellow,  BIDS     pdf

Session 3: Life after LDC  Youtube_logo

Trigger Presentation:   

Dr. Nazneen Ahmed,   Senior Research Fellow, BIDS     pdf

Session 4: Quality of Education and Graduate Unemployment  Youtube_logo

Trigger Presentation: 

Dr. Minhaj Mahmud, Senior Research Fellow, BIDS     pdf

Session 5: Democratization of the Economy: Visions, Policies and ChallengesYoutube_logo

Trigger Presentation: Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique, Research Director, BIDS     pdf

Session 6: Industrialization through Special Economic Zones  Youtube_logo

Trigger  Presentation:  

Dr. Mohammad Yunus,  Senior Research Fellow, BIDS     pdf

Closing Plenary: Difficult Discussions Youtube_logo

1. Need to Rethink Migration Policy

-Female Migration

-Migrant Rights

- Spectre of Return Mass Migration

2. Violence Against Children

3. Emerging Political Economy of Bangladesh

Chair:             Professor Rehman Sobhan,  Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Chief Guest: Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

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