'Bangladesh should take precise steps now to realise demographic dividend'
Bangladesh is going through the demographic window of opportunity, which requires precise steps and strong economic and social policies to realise the dividend, analysts said in a webinar today.
Moreover, realisation of the Eighth Fiscal Year Plan requires transparent monitoring and accountability process including all the relevant stakeholders, they said.
To ensure such accountability, apart from the government, civil society and academia, among other stakeholders, should be involved, they added.
They spoke at the event on the "Reflection of Youth's Perspective in the 8th Five Year Plan" organised by the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) in collaboration with ActionAid Bangladesh.
Youth's volunteer movements and gender parity will contribute to effective implementation of this plan document, they said.
Therefore, while undertaking programmes and policies, pandemic reality has to be taken into account and education, health, and social safety net sectors has to be prioritised.
Constructive discussion and engagement of academia and development partners in the policy landscape will ensure realisation of the brloader development goals of the nation, they added.
The webinar was chaired by Selim Raihan, professor of economics of the University of Dhaka and executive director of SANEM, and moderated by Israt Hossain, senior research associate of SANEM.