Sadiq Ahmed

June 8, 2018
June 8, 2018

Business-as-usual budget

Finance Minister AMA Muhith presented the FY2018-19 national budget to parliament yesterday. This is a historic event in the sense that it is his tenth consecutive budget that reflects the continuity in fiscal management.

June 7, 2018
June 7, 2018

Creating fiscal space to finance development

Bangladesh should be justifiably proud of its development achievements and this progress accelerated over the past decade.

January 7, 2018
January 7, 2018

Can Bangladesh eliminate extreme poverty by FY2031?

Bangladesh has set an ambitious target to eliminate extreme poverty by FY2031. The results of the latest Household

December 17, 2017
December 17, 2017

Sustainable development must be financed from domestic resources

Research done for the Perspective Plan 2041 (PP2041) exercise suggests that in order for Bangladesh to implement a green growth strategy to ensure consistency of growth and poverty reduction targets with environmental protection, Bangladesh needs to increase its spending on environmental protection and climate change related programmes from 1 percent of GDP now to 3 percent of GDP by FY2031 and to 3.5 percent of GDP by FY2041.

November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017

Managing the banking sector fault lines

Reforms over the past two decades or so have greatly improved the quantity and quality of banking services in Bangladesh.

November 9, 2017
November 9, 2017

Bangladesh needs a 'green' growth strategy

As one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, Bangladesh continues to experience sustained economic growth underpinned by macroeconomic stability and strong domestic demand. The country has been growing at an annual average rate of 6 percent for the

September 19, 2017
September 19, 2017

Stemming the rot in public banks

I have written many times in the past about the need to address the governance issues in the state-owned commercial banks (SCBs).

June 15, 2017
June 15, 2017

Trade protection and job creation

The global debate over trade protection has gained momentum in the aftermath of the US national elections where populist candidate Donald Trump won the presidential elections promising the use of trade protection to create jobs. Although the case for free trade is

February 11, 2016
February 11, 2016

Towards a more caring society

BANGLADESH can take pride in showing the world how development is possible even in the face of heavy odds. Bangladesh ranks the

June 11, 2015
June 11, 2015

The emperor has no clothes

A decentralised elected local government with vested political authority and well defined responsibilities can make a difference in terms of quality of life of the residents.