Bangladesh has made extraordinary progress in the economic sector, so much so that it can easily undertake two or three big infrastructure projects like the Padma Bridge, economist Prof Rehman Sobhan has said.
Rehman was speaking at the National Convention on 'Our responsibility on ensuring basic human rights and poverty reduction' on Sunday at the National Museum’s Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium.
All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in collaboration with Oxfam and Amar Adhikar organised the convention consisting of four sessions, including a technical session and a plenary session.
Addressing the closing session as the special guest, Rehman, the chairman of Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), said: “There was a time when we were submerged in extreme poverty and passed a time of woe. But now Bangladesh has done great in the economic sector.
“As we have now lowered the extreme poverty rate, we need to eradicate the discrimination between social classes. It is high time to ensure privileges for the people who were involved and contributed to the economic growth, such as our farmers and RMG workers,” Rehman added.
An eleven point draft proclamation was read out by Economic Justice Resilience Programme Manager of Oxfam Khalid Hossain.
As the chief guest of the final session Finance Minister AMA Muhith said: “We have to give priority to poverty reduction rather than social security which was mentioned in the proclamation letter.
The minister opposed interest-free loans for agricultural sector saying the government still has to bear the burden of agricultural subsidies.