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Leading economists, politicians sit together Saturday

Leading economists and politicians will sit together here on Saturday to find ways to promote economic reforms in Bangladesh and give policy guidelines to help build an economically stronger nation having pluralistic democracy in the days to come.

They will speak in a series of sessions during the two-day first conference of the Bangladesh Economic Forum (BEF), a non-political voluntary body of professional economists formed in April last year, at city’s Radisson Hotel.

economyBangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and Policy Research Institute (PRI) are co-sponsoring the conference while the HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and the Association of Bangladesh Bankers are providing the financial for the event, UNB reports.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith will inaugurate the conference titled ‘Vision 2030: A Framework for Economic Policy Making and Strategy Formulation in Pluralistic Democracy.’

Over five hundred scholars, academics, civil society representatives, political and policy leaders, private sector representatives and diplomats are expected to participate in the conference.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, BNP Chairperson’s Adviser Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Prof Michael Lipton of UK, Prof Rehman Sobhan, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Dr Akbar Ali Khan, Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam, Prof Azizur Rahman Khan of University of California, Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud, M Saiduzzaman, Dr M Forash Uddin, BB Governor Dr Atiur Rahman, Dr Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Rokia Afzal Rahman, Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Dr Mustafa K Mujeri, Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Dr Zaidi Satter and Dr Mustafizur Rahman, among others, will deliver lectures during the two-day conference.