Policymakers need to revisit their assumptions and undertake a more detailed analysis of who and what makes Bangladesh tick as the country looks to emerge stronger from the global pandemic, says Bangabandhu’s grandson Radwan Mujib Siddiq.
“The story of Bangladesh is a complex one, with multiple layers and a rich cast of characters," writes Radwan, a trustee of Center for Research and Information (CRI) who edits WhiteBoard, the country’s first policy journal, in the quarterly’s editorial note.
With a caption “Hot off the press”, he posted the link on his verified Facebook page to allow readers free access to the content of the latest issue.
Referring to the government’s policy of inclusive growth with trickle-down effect to benefit the poorest, Radwan termed the developmental turnaround as “ remarkable” in his editorial note .
Emphasizing the need for fresh perspectives to help the country meet future challenges, he said the global pandemic has shown that countries need nimble thought leadership to be truly adaptable. "Fresh perspectives, detailed analysis, and good data are essential.”
With a renewed call for participation from a pool of writers, he sought continued support of its readers, contributors and sponsors, to establish WhiteBoard as the premier space for the next generation of analysts, academics and professionals.
The 5th issue of the quarterly covered some crucial policy issues such as the importance and relevance of agriculture in the country’s march towards its middle-income status and the role of middlemen in labour immigration.