Recalling the economic philosophy of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, senior Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed on Wednesday said he had built the base of the Bangladesh economy formulating a long-term policy for agriculture, bank, energy and communications after the country’s independence.
He made the remarks while addressing a webinar organised by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) as the chief guest.
Tofail, also former commerce minister, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading developing Bangladesh and materialising the dreams of Bangabandhu.
Planning Minister MA Mannan spoke at the event as a special guest while former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Farashuddin, also a political secretary of Bangabandhu, made the keynote presentation at the programme.
Salman F Rahman, prime minister’s adviser on private industry and investment, was connected to the event as the guest of honour while FBCCI President Jasim Uddin made the welcome address.
The FBCCI chief said Bangabandhu had been able to increase the per capita income to $271 from $93 within three years of his leadership to rebuild a war-torn nation.
Dr Farashuddin said Bangabandhu envisioned establishing equity in society through economic freedom after liberating the country as the nation experienced discrimination since partition of the subcontinent in 1947.
Adviser Salman F Rahman said Bangabandhu began rebuilding a balanced economy in post-liberation period through public-private partnership model.
Former FBCCI Presidents Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, AK Azad and Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, MP and MCCI President Nihad Kabir participated in a panel discussion conducted by FBCCI Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque.