Muhith slates CPD again | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 12, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 12, 2011

Muhith slates CPD again

Finance Minister AMA Muhith again came down heavily yesterday on the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) for questioning the provisional estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
“CPD blamed the government for influencing growth data and that's why I called totally rubbish,” he said at a meeting at the BBS auditorium held in memory of late Dr AKM Golam Rabbani, the former Director General of BBS. Statistics Division, BBS and Bangladesh Statistical Association jointly organised the meeting.
Muhith said like the World Bank, CPD also put forward their opinion about various aspects of the economy, but the CPD predictions proved to be incorrect in most cases.
Earlier on June 5 while commenting on the CPD's challenge about the authenticity of The BBS projection, Muhith called it “Rubbish, totally rubbish.”
He also said, “If CPD has said so…it's very bad, extremely unjust and very much politically motivated.”
The CPD at a press briefing on June 4 commented that the growth could be 6.2-6.3 percent, not 6.7 percent as estimated by BBS for the outgoing fiscal year.
The CPD also said the BBS estimate could misguide the policy makers, affect the government credibility and make people dub it as a political score.
Citing some sorts of insincerity in the system of BBS, Muhith urged the ministry officials to make progress on the issue.
Planning Minister AK Khandker, BBS Director General M Shahjahan Ali Molla, former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Farashuddin Ahmed, former Jahangirnagar University vice chancellor Kazi Saleh Ahmed and late Dr Rabbani's wife and colleagues spoke on the occasion chaired by statistics division secretary Riti Ibrahim.
Recalling the contributions of Dr Rabbani, the finance minister said Dr Rabbani ensured the independence of BBS.
AK Khandker said the current BBS has now come to such a place because of the contribution of Dr Rabbani. “If we want to pay tribute to him (Rabbani), we'll have to take BBS to a higher place.”
Riti Ibrahim said a unified source of statistics would be built through the BBS. There would be offices of BBS in each district as part of its strengthening process.
Dr AKM Golam Rabbani, former director general of BBS, died at his residence on June 4 at the age of 80.

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