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Top Ideas for Poverty, Growth and Entrepreneurship

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 In May of 2015, Bangladesh Priorities held a roundtable of sector experts to discuss the best solutions for reducing poverty in Bangladesh through increased growth and entrepreneurship. Combined with in-depth interviews and review of the 26 background studies of the 7th Five Year Plan (7FYP) and the Plan itself, the most notable ideas focused on establishing better linkages between import and export policies, expanding micro-credit particularly for women entrepreneurs, and setting up a “Global Technology Acquisition fund.” Some other notable ideas were: operating women only buses and increasing bus services for girls’ schools and colleges, providing safe drinking water in slums of resources and land, exploring potential for exports in IT, education and tourism, diversification - from introducing new products, widening exports destination markets, to honing on global value chains through upgrading quality and plugging into supply powerhouses like China and India through specialization on intermediate goods.

Proposed Ideas 

The prominent ideas arising from the roundtable are highlighted in the following presentation.

Roundtable Attendees 

Prominent discussants in the roundtable were Dr. Mahabub Hossain, BRAC, Dr. Hamidul Huq, University of Liberal Arts, Erin Nickerson, USAID, Dr. Mahfuzar Rahman, BRAC, Dr. Ahmed Ishtiaque, University of Liberal Arts, Rezwan Hosasin, University of Liberal Arts,  Moklesur Rahman, BRAC and Ipshita Habib, BRAC.

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Click here to download a PDF list of all the proposed poverty, growth and entrepreneurship ideas.