Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

‘Turn Padma Bridge into an economic corridor’

Speakers at a roundtable discussion on Saturday said that the much-hyped Padma Multipurpose Bridge is the symbol of 'national desire' and this Bridge should be converted into an 'economic corridor'.

They also said that alongside using the bridge for transportation of goods and passenger vehicles, economic zones and industrial parks should also be established centering the bridge which would facilitate flourishing the economy and creating employment opportunities, reports BSS.

The speakers made the observations at a Roundtable Discussion on 'Current State of the Macro Economy - Bangladesh Perspective' held at the ICAB Council Room at CA Bhaban in the capital's Kawran Bazar area.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and the Economic Reporters' Forum (ERF) jointly organized the roundtable discussion.

Planning Minister MA Mannan spoke on the occasion as the chief guest while

Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute, Bangladesh; Dr. M. Masrur Reaz, Chairman, Policy Exchange Bangladesh; Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD); Dr. Binayak Sen, Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies; Dr. M Abu Eusuf, Executive Director, RAPID; Shubhashish Bose, CEO, ICAB; Shafiqul Alam, Bureau Chief at AFP; Md. Saiful Islam, President, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI); Abul Kasem Khan, Former President, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI); and ERF general secretary SM Rashidul Islam spoke as distinguished panelists.

ICAB President Md Shahadat Hossain and ERF President Sharmeen Rinvy gave the welcome remarks. The programme moderated by ICAB former president Humayun Kabir. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that the government should gradually come out of the culture of subsidy in agriculture since there have been massive changes in the rural areas.

He said that the rural houses have got a facelift while the children are also going to schools. "All are living a better life there, but the price of fertilizer is increasing globally," he added.

The minister, however, said there is also a fear as agricultural subsidy is usually provided for gaining food security. "Sri Lanka persuaded organic farming, but unfortunately they failed. So, we always put priority on agriculture," he added.