The IGC South Asia Growth Conference 2012 brought together policy-makers and local researchers from all the IGC South Asian country programmes – Bangladesh, India-Bihar, India-Central and Pakistan, as well as international researchers from around world-class universities.
This inaugural event, jointly organised with the Economic Research Group, Dhaka, highlighted the shared challenges to growth and possible policy solutions for countries in the region and encouraged lively debate on issues such as regional integration, trade, land, water and energy.
Central Bank of Bangladesh Governor Atiur Rahman addressing the conference.
The objective of this IGC event was to generate useful debates on policies that are current priorities in the region. The conference also created a platform for the dissemination of research findings on topics that are of common interest to all the participating countries.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
The conference was live-tweeted, using the hashtag #SAsiaGrowth. All the tweets, including the conversations they created, can be found on the IGC's Twitter account: @The_IGC.
Television news crews capturing the conference.
The event was also well covered in the press, with the following articles available:
- -Growth conference starts today (The Daily Star)
- BBC Bengali News Service (radio)
- Land shortage deters FDI: Muhith (The Daily Star)
- Land scarcity impeding industrialisation process (The Financial Express)
- Use of no tube-well water for cooking cuts arsenic risks by 18pc (The Financial Express)
- Land dearth hits FDI in in Bangladesh (Asia News Network)
- Govt must pay more to acquire land (The Daily Star)
- BB boss attributes fall in poverty to job growth in SMEs (The Financial Express)
- Mashiur defends transit to India (The Financial Express)
- Bangladesh Bank chief highlights efforts to encourage entrepreneurs (Central Banking - subscription)
- Appropriate use of scarce land resource (The Financial Express)
- Clean stoves reduce indoor air pollution (The Daily Star)
- Corruption, absence of penalty major hurdles to execution of PPP projects (The Financial Express)
- Land management is the real problem (The Financial Express)
- Opening panel (The Sun)
- BB urged banks to make rural branches more effective, client friendly (The New Nation)
- Rental power plants gulp others' fund: Muhith (The Independent)
- Banks' financing to power sector hits pvt sector credit: Muhith (New Age)
- New poverty pockets emerging (The Daily Star)
Wahiduddin Mahmud speaking to the press.