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The AEDSB Washington Seminar Series


Bangladesh: Economic Challenges, Policies and Prospects PPT

Speaker: Dr. Hassan Zaman, Chief Economist, Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank of Bangladesh), Government of Bangladesh

Moderator: Ahmad Ahsan, Lead Economist, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank

When: Monday, June 3, 2013; from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: World Bank, Main Complex Room No: MC 8-100, 1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.

Visitors will first need to collect a pass from the Main Complex (MC) Building Visitor's Center on the corner of 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for this. If you need a pass to attend the seminar, please contact: Mildred Gonsalvez ( mgonsalvez@worldbank.org or 202-458-7156).



One narrative relating to Bangladesh focuses on frequent natural disasters, governance challenges and more recently concerns over working conditions in its key garment industry. Another narrative centers around Bangladesh's outcomes as a development success story with growth averaging above 6%, a halving of poverty over the past twenty years with significant improvements in social indicators. But where does policy fit into these narratives and specifically to what extent does economic policy affect outcomes? At what level are key decisions made and what processes and analysis drives these decisions? How is policy affected by unanticipated events such as the recent tragic collapse of a garments factory or national strikes? This talk will describe current economic policy challenges, provide insights into macro-policy decision making and share views on what is required to sustain positive development trends.

About the Speaker

Dr. Hassan Zaman is the Chief Economist of Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank of Bangladesh) and prior to this role he worked as a Senior Advisor to the Governor. Before joining the central bank in 2011, he worked at the World Bank in various capacities, starting as a Young Professional in 1998 and in his most recent capacity as a Lead Economist in the PREM anchor. Prior to joining the World Bank, Hassan worked for BRAC in Bangladesh for three years.