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ED: Not just the economy

  • Published at 01:34 am June 17th, 2021
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It is important to make sure that this growth is equitable

With the Covid-19 pandemic raging all around us, and the economy taking a hit, there is much right now that is getting us down. But in the midst of all this, good news sometimes appears. As we editorialized yesterday, it was wonderful to hear that Bangladesh was one of the top three countries to have progressed the most in the SDG index since its inception in 2015, according to the Sustainable Development Report 2021. 

There was, of course, a global decline, but we must consider the times we are going through. Let us be realistic: As a nation, we are now overwhelmed, with challenges on multiple fronts. It is quite natural for a few deadlines to be pushed back. Having said that, our economy has shown tremendous perseverance and grit, when compared to other countries. 

If we stay on track, no doubt, we will meet all of our development goals. Having said that, it is important to make sure that this growth is equitable. Development is not just about the economy, it is also about building people up, and improving people’s lives across the board. 

In that regard, we have many challenges at hand that still require us to go back to the drawing board. For example, it is a great embarrassment that Dhaka is still routinely labelled as one of the most unliveable cities in the world. Surely, this should not be the case for a country that wishes to be fully developed at some point in the future. Quite simply, citizens -- all citizens -- need to feel the fruits of developments, not just a select few who are getting richer. 

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