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Harvard conference on ‘Bangladesh in 21st century’ June 16, 2008


A scholarly conference on `Bangladesh in the 21st Century’ was organized by Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), Democracy and Development in Bangladesh Forum (DDBF), Boston, Massachusetts and The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance & Innovation, and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University on 13th and 14th Instant.The conference has been supported by Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh, Prime Bank Limited, MGH Group Bangladesh and American Institute of Bangladesh Studies.
The two-day conference, held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, discussed the pertinent economic, social and political challenges facing Bangladesh in the 21st century.

There was an open invitation for all who are interested on the situation and progress of Bangladesh[..]
There was also an appeal for volunteers from the Bangladeshi young expatriates to work in the conference.[…]
The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington also took keen interest in the conference.[…]

The conference at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government emphasized the need for mainstreaming of micro-finance operation, addressing supply-side constraints and setting development priorities in line with the country’s real needs.
Various sessions were held on BRAC, education, micro-finance, environment, private sector development, capital flows, politics, quality improvement and shrimp industry, according to a message received in Dhaka.
Issues like energy, infrastructure, water resources, health, employment, democracy, economy and governance also came up for discussion in various sessions.
In such a session, banker Mamun Rashid elaborated on problems and prospects of Bangladesh’s capital market, and stressed that large companies, both foreign and local, should be lured into the capital market.
Matiur Rahman, editor of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, chaired the closing session wrapping up the recommendations emanated from various sessions.

The two-day conference, held at the Centre for Government and International Studies (CGIS), was attended by a host of Bangladeshi scholars and professionals staying abroad and travelling from home as well as people interested in Bangladesh affairs.[DS]
Prothom Alo also published a report on the conference where it said that the organizers will convey the recommendations of the conference to the Bangladesh government and sll concerned.[…]

Mamunur Rashid, an eminent banker from Bangladesh wrote down his observation on the conference […]

The conference should have an website of it’s own where the news, proceedings and follow up of the conference could have been published.

an ordinary citizen

Post script:

1) Syed Saa’d Antalib and K F Jalal shared their experiences on Harvard conference[PA]

2) Abdul Mannan, former vice-chancellor of Chittagong University discusses the ‘brainstorming at Harvard University’[DS/C]

3) Shayera Moula interviewed Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, BDI President and Professor of Marketing, Pennsylvania State University, to discuss the goals of the conference and what comes next.[DS]

4) Barnhard G. Gunter, president of Bangladesh Development Research Center in USA presented his paper in the conference on Aid, debt and development[DS]

5) Iqbal F. Hussain, Aminur Rahman and Murad Hussain discusses in the conference on the prospects and problem of pharmaceutical industries in Bangladesh. [DS]

6) Nazia Habib and Md. Saidul Islam of Columbia University and United nations, New York respectively presented ‘ The Promise of Aqua culture’[DS]

7) Emdad Ahmed, Internet speech, callifornia, USA discusses on the bridging the gap due to digital divide[DS]

8) Md. Niaz Asadullah and Nazmul Chy of University of Reading, UK and South Asian Development respectively discusses on ‘Female Education in Bangladesh’[DS]

9) Aid, Debt and Bangladeshby Bernhard G. Gunter, Present of Bangladesh Develpment Research Studies in United States


1. s m nazer hossain - July 5, 2008

Thanks to the organizer. Bangladesh is passing a crucial time, NGOs are working as third sector of the country, but the last ruling government made barriers to ADAB act as spokesmen of the NGOs in Bangladesh.

As a result many corporate NGOs making syndication for holding maximum government projects. Government foreign fund still now blocked and ADAB’s programme now stop. The Conference is not discuss the issue

2. Ibne Siraj - July 5, 2008

To organise 20 sessions with 3 papers in each session as Professor Andalib and Professor Jalal said in thier discussion is a tremendous job!
It is also praiseworhty that they have organsised such a thought proviking conference on Bangladesh which will give good vision of Bangladesh in the 21st century.
It is nice that the orginisers are thinking of compiling and publishing the articles and to forward thsoe to the policy makers. We shall hope that the organisers will also publish the articles in a website of their own so that people of all corners and statra are informed of the thoughts on Bangladesh and developments thereafter (as this blog suggests).

3. CialisMl - July 16, 2008

Thx for article

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