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ssssssssssProminent economist, Professor Abul Barakat has said, Bangladesh would achieve more than 11 percentage point in GDP growth if only corruption is lowered to the zero tolerance level.
He made the remark at a seminar organised by Bangabandhu Parishad at the National Press Club in the capital on Wednesday.
“The government is now saying about corruption, but Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 47 years ago, vowed to fight against it,” he said.
Professor Barkat said, the ruling authorities after Bangabandhu’s killing were fanatic. None of them followed the vision of Sheikh Mujib. They all reared corruption, and that is why, the country could not go ahead with its merits.
“However, Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina pointed out her zero tolerance to corruption agendum in the Awami League’s last electoral manifesto; so we are happy,” he said.
“We achieved much in the last ten years, that makes us optimistic that more will be gained in the forthcoming years. But we are not big headed because the country has yet to lift corruption,” he added.
This prominent economics professor asserted that the country’s GDP growth will come closer to 12 percent if it gets rid of corruption.
Barakat said, the country’s current progress estimates that it would be a middle income country even before the AL’s projected vision.
“The country will be a developed one in 2041 and then it will be one among 25th biggest economies in the world,” he said.
Former Dhaka University Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique at the seminar said, “We now can truly say that the country has renounced the perverted culture. Now the rule of order along with development is in place that was absent before.

“With Bangabandhu’s repatriation, the country got its complete independence. He always dreamed of people’s welfare and state’s development,” he said.
“The newly born Bangladesh could achieve a huge development within a few years after its independence only for Bangabandhu’s prudent vision, but the slayers broke his dream by killing him along with almost all his family members, he added.
Among others pro-Vice Chancellor of Kushtia Islamic University, Dr Shahinur Rahman, and professor ABM Faruk were present at the seminar, while Bangabandhu Parishad’s general secretary doctor SA Malek was in the chair.