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12:00 AM, April 22, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 22, 2016

BIDS conference on development begins tomorrow

The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) will organise a two-day conference in Dhaka to discuss issues important for Bangladesh and its economy.

The BIDS Critical Conversations will begin at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre tomorrow, said Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid, director general of the think-tank.

“We want to focus on some critical development issues,” the economist said at a press conference at his office.

Murshid said Bangladesh's economy has progressed a lot in the last four decades. “The conference will highlight the achievements and the obstacles it faces.”

Ministers, politicians, economists, secretaries, academia, development activists, former diplomats, former caretaker government advisers and business leaders will take part in the event.

The BIDS conducts policy oriented research on development issues of Bangladesh and other developing countries.

The topics to be covered in seven panel discussions in the conference include education, democracy, governance, agriculture, and infrastructure financing.  “There are problems in the education sector although we have advanced in terms of quantity. Human resources development warrants special attention,” Murshid said.

There should be effective discussions on issues such as trade policies, regional cooperation, democracy, poverty reduction and public private partnership.

BIDS research directors Rushidan Islam Rahman and Kazi Ali Toufique, and senior research fellows Anwara Begum, Mohammad Yunus, Nazneen Ahmed and Monzur Hossain were also present.

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