SANGSAD BHABAN – The Jatiya Sangsad today unanimously adopted a thanksgiving motion on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for achieving Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing country, reports BSS.
The Opposition bench member Dr Rustom Ali Farazi brought the thanksgiving motion in the House under Rule 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure, saying that the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) confirmed Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The CDP measures the LDC category on the basis of per capita income, a human assets index and an economic vulnerability index.
A country must exceed thresholds on two of the three criteria at two consecutive triennial reviews to be considered for graduation.
Bangladesh looks likely to be the first LDC ever to graduate on the basis of all three criteria.
Bangladesh’s success comes on the back of six straight years in which economic growth has exceeded 6 percent culminating in some of the fastest growth rates in the world in recent years. As the following graph shows, per capita gross national income using the World Bank Atlas method has outstripped the LDC average since 1996 and has recently risen above the threshold used by the CDP.
Taking part in the discussion on the motion, lawmakers from the, treasury and opposition benches said Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is moving forward to become a middle-income country by 2021.
Bangladesh is advancing fast towards the development which Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamed, they said.
The surprised development of the country was possible to pursue the seventh five year plan and the ten initiative of the Prime Minister, said Information Minister.
“If we can continue the development trend for next four years, then there would be no alternative of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said State Minister for power, energy and mineral resource minister Nasrul Hamid.
Calling upon the people to mandate SheikhHasina and the Awami League in the upcoming election in December 2018, State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed said “if the people mandate Sheikh Hasina then Bangladesh will be a developed country by 2041.”
“Bangladesh is now a developed country like China and Malaysia which has been possible for the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said Fazlul Karim Selim. He urged the people to be united against all the conspiracy as nobody can thwart this ongoing development.
Bangladesh had to wait for 20 years to get connection with the submarine cables and if we get the connection in 1991 during the regime of then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia then the country would be a developed one by this time, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
“Bangladesh must be a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 if the current development trend would be continued,” said opposition lawmaker Rustom Ali Farazi in his address.
After 42 years remaining in LDC, Bangladesh has recognized as the developing country by the UN is a remarkable success achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Fazilatunnesa Bappi. Only Sheikh Hasina would make the country into a prosperous one,she added.
“Bangladesh never to reach in this position if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would not a leader of the country,” said Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Shawpan. He congratulated the premier as she has created an opportunity to turn the beggar nation as a developed country.
“We got development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and we have to do everything for maintaining the development for a progressive Bangladesh,” said former law minister Abul Matin Khosru.
Terming the development as significant, leader of the opposition Rawshan Ershad said there is some risk to be a developed country and the country has to manage all of these risks.
She, however, expressed her dissatisfaction over the foreign investment and joblessness situation as around 5 crore people of the country is now suffering from joblessness.
Professor Ali Ashraf, Dr Dipu Moni, Khalid Mahmood Chowdhury, Tajul Islam, AFM Bahauddin (Nasim), Begum Sanjida Khanam,Professor M Ali Ashraf, Manirul Islam, Advocate Navana Akter, Abdur Rahman, Mrinal Kanti Das, Sabina Akhter Tuhin, Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbandhari, Hasan Mahmud, Bazlul Haq Haroon, ASM Abul Kalam Azad, Amatul Kibria Keya Chowdhury, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal lawmaker Shirin Akhter, Dr Abdur Razzaque, also took part in the short discussion with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.