Bangladesh has shown one can be a "responsible player" on the global stage focusing on the most vulnerable to ensure equitable growth, says Radwan Mujib Siddiq.
Radwan, a trustee of the Centre for Research & Information (CRI), made the observation in the editorial note of the sixth issue of WhiteBoard, the country's first policy-based magazine.
“At a time when many countries are turning their backs on people fleeing wars and persecution, Bangladesh is sheltering over a million people (Rohingyas) who’re unable to return to their homeland,” he said.
Paying tribute to the Liberation War heroes, he writes, “As we remember those who led Bangladesh to victory 50 years ago, it is time to firmly fix our gaze on the future. Beyond the impressive gains in economic and human development, what does Bangladesh want to be known for?
"What are the hallmarks of the Bangladesh model, and are they being clearly articulated at home and abroad?” said Radwan, grandson of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The strategy consultant and youth advocate said in this WhiteBoard issue, they look at how focusing on the most vulnerable has paid dividends for Bangladesh, and how it can continue to shape policymaking for the next five decades and beyond.
In the sixth issue, Binayek Sen takes an in-depth look at Bangladesh’s performance as a poverty reducing country in comparison to other top performers such as India, China and Vietnam.