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Bangladesh rising

  • Published at 12:00 am December 24th, 2018
Economy
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Our economy has survived and thrived as a result of our ability to tap into various areas and fields of business

The fact that Bangladesh has risen as an economic powerhouse over the last decade cannot be disputed.

Fighting against all odds, the country’s economy -- which has consistently continued to grow at a rate of over 7% -- has come to where it is now, serving the nation and its people in ways no one had expected 10 years ago.

What makes this achievement all the more impressive is the hurdles and obstacles Bangladesh has had to overcome, not only in the last decade, but also since its independence in 1971 -- from mass starvation and famine to the Rana Plaza collapse, the resilience of the people of Bangladesh has been evident each time as we have fought back.

The root cause of this success has been our willingness to adapt in an ever-changing world -- from the vision of Digital Bangladesh to our willingness to diversify our export basket, our economy has survived and thrived as a result of our ability to tap into various areas and fields of business. 

This has not only been good for the economy, but also for the people, as it celebrates diversity, and sees the potential in change and innovation, and does not merely stick to the safety of RMG and foreign remittance, two sectors which have, for the longest time, been the primary driving forces behind our economy.

At the end of the day, what this last decade has taught us is that long-term planning and consistency remain the keys to sustainable progress.

With the elections coming up, it is more important now than ever to keep that in mind and to ensure that we continue to move in the same direction, no matter who takes charge of the nation come December 30.

We have come too far to stop our journey now.