Highlighting the global unrest despite development efforts of governments, eminent economist Dr Mario Pezzini urged them to rethink strategy in response to public demand.
“Global responses and national reforms must be built on solid evidence of current economic social realities, a better understanding of people’s concerns, and outside-the-box policy solutions,” he said.
Dr Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development. He shared the insights while delivering the CPD Anniversary Lecture 2019 on ‘Perspectives on Global Development: Rethinking Development Strategies’ arranged by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at a city hotel on Tuesday.
Dr Pezzini mentioned that GDP-related indicators do not adequately reflect the living standards of people.
“Multidimensional frameworks, such as well-being indicators, draw a better picture of people’s needs, and can therefore be a tool for policymakers to design and implement reforms,” he said.
He noted that defining the right strategic goals and priorities is key for a country’s long-term economic and social performance.
“They should be place-based, reflecting differences in both rural and urban locations, as well as the whole spectrum of a country’s territory. They should also account for interlinks with the global context,” said Dr Pezzini, who was also a Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.
The expert also suggested the formulation of global solutions to respond to a number of increasingly shared challenges.
CPD Executive Director Fahmida Khatun and CPD Distinguished Fellow Prof Mustafizur Rahman also spoke at the programme.
A court here on Tuesday sent a local Awami League leader to jail for reportedly cutting off the hair of a housewife over a false slander in Ullapara upazila.
Senior Judicial magistrate Nazrul Islam passed the order when the ruling party leader Abdur Rashid was present on the dock and sought bail.
The court denied his bail petition and sent to jail, said Shahin Shah Parvej, officer-in-charge of Ullapara Model Police Station.
Police were trying to arrest the rest four accused- Munsur, 38, Abdus Salam, 45, Nasir Uddin, 40 and Shahidul Islam, 32, of Gozail village, said the OC.
As per the case statement, the accused stopped Bilkis Khatun, wife of Jahangir Hosssain of Gozail village on her way home and cut her hair over a false slander on November 25.
The woman on December 2, filed a case against the five including the AL leader with Ullapara Police Station, OC added.
Meanwhile, a video clip of the incident went viral on social media where the five men were seen gleefully cutting off all the hair of the victim, which is considered an embarrassing insult for women in the social context of Bangladesh.
A case was filed with a court here on Tuesday against acting BNP Chairman Tarique Rahman, Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 10 others for reportedly issuing a death threat to members of the Prime Minister’s family.
President of Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Masud Ur Rahman.
The court ordered law enforcers to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.
AB Siddique alleged that some BNP activists near Shah Ali Mazar in the city’s Mirpur area on December 6 asked him to withdraw the cases filed against Khaleda Zia and other BNP leaders and activists.
“If I don’t meet the demand, members of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s family as well as my one will be killed with the help of IS,” he claimed.
The other accused include BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, chairperson's adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu and Dhaka North city unit vice chairman Rabiul Awal Sohel.