Bangladesh moves up to lower middle-income country

Sun Online Desk

2nd July, 2015 12:07:56 printer

Bangladesh moves up to lower middle-income country

According to the World Bank’s latest estimates of Gross National Income per capita (GNI), Bangladesh has moved up to a lower-middle income economy from a lower-income country.


Bangladesh, a low-income country until the latest WB report, has continued to show improved economic performance in terms of GNI, says the WB report.


The World Bank, in a press release, made the disclosure on Wednesday.


Countries with annual incomes of $1,046 to $4,125 are called lower-middle income countries.


Apart from Bangladesh, three other countries have got their income status upgraded—Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan.


The per capita income in Bangladesh rose from $1,190 to $1,314, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).


Mongolia and Paraguay move from lower middle-income status to upper middle-income, a group with yearly income levels of $4,126 to $12,735.


Malawi has the world's lowest GNI per capita at $250, while Monaco has the highest, at more than $100,000, according to the latest World Bank Atlas method. 


GNI is a broad-based measure of income generated by a nation’s residents from international and domestic activity. GNI per capita measures the average amount of resources available to persons residing in a given economy, and reflects the average economic well-being of a population.


Each year on 1 July, the World Bank revises the income classification of the world’s economies based on estimates of GNI per capita for the previous year. The World Bank also uses the updated GNI per capita estimates in its operational classification of economies that determines lending eligibility.