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Ten Tasks for Future Bangladesh – আগামী বাংলাদেশের দশ করণীয়

The sixth Abdul Ghafur Memorial Lecture was organised at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) on 31st January 2024 at 2.30 pm. The lecture on “Ten Tasks for Future Bangladesh – আগামী বাংলাদেশে দশ করণীয় was delivered by Dr. Nazrul Islam, Former Chief of Development Research at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. For the second phase of Bangladesh's development, Dr. Nazrul Islam identified ten tasks including reducing economic inequality, establishing good governance, improving the quality of democracy and introducing a proportional election, protecting the environment and tackling climate change, establishing village council, reducing regional disparities and Dhaka-centeredness of development, increasing social cohesion, providing special attention to women, children and youth, initiating universal military education, and protecting national resources and following neutral foreign policy.

Professor Rounaq Jahan,
Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), and Dr Kazi Iqbal, Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) attended the lecture as d esignated discussants. Dr. Binayak Sen, Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) chaired the event. The program was held in hybrid mode. This time only a few selected remote attendees were allowed to join online.

In the lecture, Dr Nazrul said that the u tmost importance needs to be given to reducing economic inequality to take Bangladesh to the level of a developed country. He also added that if Bangladesh does not avoid the inequality trap, then by 2041 it will never emerge as a developed country. Eminent economist Rehman Sobhan said that society has become unjust because of growing inequality and lax governance against a representative system that reproduces a class of business-oriented people.

Distinguished participants including Dr Kazi Iqbal, Research Director, BIDS, Professor Dr Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD and Professor Dr MM Akash, the University of Dhaka spoke at the event among others.

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