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Bangladesh economy expands by 3.8pc despite pandemic

MPs tell the Js

Published : 01 Feb 2023 12:40 AM | Updated : 01 Feb 2023 06:48 PM

Lawmakers on Tuesday said the country's economy was expanded by 3.8 percent compared to other South Asian nations like India and Pakistan despite the stress of Corona pandemic.

The country's economy was expanded by 3.8 percent during the global Corona pandemic due to befitting leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, they said while taking part in the discussion on thanksgiving motion of the President's speech at the Jatiya Sangsad with Deputy Speaker Shamsul Haque Tuku in the chair. 

Taking part in the discussion, the lawmakers highlighted different development activities in various sectors including communication, socio-economic, education, youth and sports, information and communication technology (ICT) under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The President in his 168-page speech on January 5 last, on the first day of the maiden session in 2023 of the 11th parliament, focused on the country's massive successes in different sectors. 

"The economy of Bangladesh was expanded by 3.8 percent while the economy of India was declined by 10.3 percent... and the situation of Pakistan became worsen during the Corona pandemic," said ruling party lawmaker Abdul Aziz of Sirajganj-3.

Even the economic situation of various rich countries like the USA, France and Japan was taken bad shape, but the economy of Bangladesh was vibrant under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the lawmaker mentioned in his address. 

Coming down heavily on the role of BNP-Jamaat government, A.S.M. Feroz of Patuakhali-2 said the anti-liberation forces like BNP-Jamaat clique are being carried out propaganda against the incumbent government where the government is struggling for the welfare of the people for the last fourteen years.

Due to visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Deputy Minister for Forest, Environment and Climate Change Affairs Habibun Nahar said the country's per capita income now reaches USD2824 while it was only USD 543 in 2005-06 fiscal years during the BNP-Jamaat regime.

Participating in the discussion, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said the success of Bangladesh is now being appreciated internationally and that's why the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved more USD4.50 billion facilitation grant which is the largest in the history of the Bangladesh, adding that the credit will strengthen the economy of the country.

Lawmakers including Shamsul Alam Dudu of Jaipurhat-1, Md. Qamrul Islam of Dhaka-2, Mohammad Salim Uddin Tarafdar of Naogaon-3, Md. Anwar Hossain (Helal) of Naogaon-6, Monira Sultana of Women seat-26 and Bangladesh Workers Party lawmaker Mustafa Lutfullah of Satkhira-1, also participated in the discussion.     

Earlier, the chief whip Nur-E Alam Chowdhury came up with a proposal for holding discussion on thanksgiving motion of the President's speech in the House and then it was seconded by treasury bench lawmaker Md. Shahiduzzaman Sarker.

The lawmakers also thanked the President for giving a timely speech highlighting the success stories of the government and guiding the nation towards peace, progress and prosperity.

Earlier, they paid a rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his contribution to establishing an independent Bangladesh.

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