Bangladesh and the rest of the world bid adieu to 2020, a year many would like to forget, and welcomed 2021 with hopes that the new year will be different – and better.
The coronavirus pandemic, which overshadowed lives last year and brought the world to its knees, is still raging but vaccines are giving people hope that it will be possible to return to the normal life before the virus had hit.
Restrictions put in place to prevent the transmission of the virus resulted in the cancellation of events that went on late into the night in previous years.
Bangladesh, like every other nation, was hit hard by the pandemic and saw its growth come to a screeching halt but the country is on its way to recovery.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh would have achieved an 8.2 percent growth if the pandemic didn’t hit. The country successfully managed to keep its growth at 5.24 percent during the pandemic, at a time when the whole world was grappling to prevent negative growth.
The government, she said, managed to bring poverty below 20.5 percent and raise the per capita income to $2,064, among others.