Time and again, the achievements of Bangladesh, despite the many adversities facing this heroic nation, have negated many of the pessimistic predictions of many illustrious economists of world renown. So it has happened this time too. In the face of the global pandemic, despite all the ensuing constraints, Bangladesh has managed to earn an impressive 5.24 per cent GDP growth in the 2019-20 fiscal.
Global financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank had conservatively predicted a very low growth for Bangladesh in FY20, which they expected to be below two per cent. Echoing the verdict of the global institutions, the local think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) also predicted that the GDP growth may be around 2.5 per cent.The credit for the amazing feat belongs to the resilient people of this hardworking nation. It is the achievement of the millions of farmers, who continued to work hard despite the pandemic, keeping the agricultural production going on and ensuring that there was food for the entire population. Credit must also be given to our migrant labour force, working tirelessly abroad, sending home their hard earned foreign currency to turn the wheels of the economic fortune of this country. Without the remittance sent by them, as a vital contribution to the economy, we could not have done it.
Often little things add up to become something noteworthy, such as tiny grains of sand gathering to form continents, little drops of water combine to create the oceans. It is the combined contribution of our little people that has enabled our beloved Bangladesh to fulfil the unrequited dream of Bangabandhu, and enabled us to move ahead in the world of nations. No Bangladeshi is too small to add to the glory of the motherland. This is what makes this land of dreamers so unique.
With the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu at the helm of affairs, people are confident that the success of Bangladesh is assured. For in our culture, children strongly feel it to be their duty to fulfil their parent’s wishes and dreams. Therefore, the author of the success story of Bangladesh is none other than Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, for it is her visionary leadership that is showing us the way towards a better tomorrow for Bangladesh.