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Bangladesh a development success story: Dan Mozena

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  • 28 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh a development success story: Dan Mozena

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Speakers at a discussion highlighted the remarkable economic and social transformation Bangladesh has seen in the last one decade under the prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading think tank based in Washington DC, hosted webinar titled “Bangladesh: A Development Success Story” on Monday.

Daniel F. Runde, Senior Vice President of CSIS; former US Ambassador to Bangladesh Ambassador Dan Mozena; former Bangladesh Foreign Secretary and Ambassador Farooq Sobhan, former President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Dr Rubana Huq and Tamara Hasan Abed, Managing Director of BRAC Enterprises, took part as discussants at the event. 

Delivering the keynote speech at the discussion, Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M. Shahidul Islam said Bangladesh has successfully translated economic growth into social progress and the country has notably advanced its human and social development indicators including health, education, and demographic outcomes.

He also lauded the role of the US for being a consistent development partner in the development journey of Bangladesh.

Referring to a recent IMF report, former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador Farooq Sobhan said Bangladesh will have a $500 billion-plus economy by 2025 thanks to a robust private sector, the growth of the garment industries, a thriving NGO network, and the progress made in female education and employment.

Former BGMEA President Dr Rubana Huq described Bangladesh as akin to a phoenix, in that it always rises from the ashes. She also highlighted the resilience of the private sector, the thriving NGO network, and good governance as the reasons behind the country’s development success.

Former US Ambassador in Bangladesh Dan Mozena shared his firsthand experience of working with the dynamic people, who are the driving force of the country’s economy. 

He observed that the people-driven success was led by the government of Bangladesh and supported by partners like the US. He also lauded the hard work of the Bangladeshi people, where he believed women and girls contribute in a big manner.  The discussants agreed that Bangladesh has been inordinately successful in facilitating economic and social progress, especially when compared to other South Asian nations and highlighted the sound government policies, increased rates of literacy, increased involvement of women in the workforce, and the growth of the garment district as contributors to this progress.

 Vice President of CSIS Dan Runde expressed hope that he would continue to work with the Embassy in disseminating the positive stories of Bangladesh as many countries can learn from this example.