Bangladesh is ahead of many developed countries in socio-economic indicators

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commented that Bangladesh is ahead of many developed countries in terms of socio-economic indicators.

The Prime Minister made this comment in a speech on the occasion of ‘National Statistics Day’ on Monday (February 26). This year’s theme of the day is ‘Smart Statistics, Stepping Stone to Development’.

Sheikh Hasina said, ‘Bangladesh is ahead of South Asia as well as many developed countries in terms of economic and social indicators. I think Statistics Day has created a unique opportunity to raise awareness of our government’s commitment to building a ‘Prosperous and Smart Bangladesh’ with an improved statistical system.’

Stating that the government is working towards transforming Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country by 2041 and implementing the ‘Delta Plan’ by 2100, the Prime Minister said, “We have adopted effective planning and development strategies through timely and quality statistical systems to achieve the dream of the father of the nation by the year 2041, to be a hunger-free and poverty-free development.” – I will be able to present Bangladesh as a smart country in the world court by building rich gold Bangladesh, Inshallah.

The Prime Minister said that the greatest Bengali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman realized the importance of qualitative statistics in formulating and implementing well-organized development plans of Bangladesh after the great liberation war of 1971 and established BBS in 1974 by merging 4 separate statistical organizations. Subsequently, the Department of Statistics was established in 1975 to coordinate and provide administrative support to the National Statistical System including the BBS.

Sheikh Hasina said that the Awami League government has formulated the ‘Statistics Act-2013’ and the ‘National Statistical Development Strategy Paper 2013-2023’ for the integrated development of the statistical system to put the national statistical system on a sound legal basis.

The Prime Minister said that various initiatives have been taken to improve the national statistical system. The issue has been seriously included in the 8th Five Year Plan. One of the manifestations of the capacity of the National Statistical System is to conduct census and household enumeration for the first time in 2022 in a fully digital manner and publish the preliminary report within a month.

The Prime Minister also said that Bangladesh today is recognized as a ‘role model of development’ in the world with its unstoppable progress. After the successful implementation of the MDG goals, we have taken effective steps to implement the SDG goals.

Sheikh Hasina expressed her joy knowing that the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics is celebrating the ‘National Statistics Day’ for the fourth time and wished the overall success of all the programs undertaken on the occasion of the day.