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Poverty eradication from country possible very shortly : Dr Atiar

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Chattogram Bureau :
Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Atiur Rahman observed that recent experience of Bangladesh has proven that it is possible to have more growth with more equality."We also have the national strategies and resources in place to sustain this pattern of growth via equality as the country evolves into a middle income one.
"He was speaking at the session on extreme poverty at Hotel Radisson Blu in Chittagong  organised by Asian University of Women on Friday.
The keynote presentation on measurement of poverty was made by Dr Ismail Serageldin, former Vice-President of the World Bank. Dr Serageldin emphasized on social and cultural dimensions of poverty in addition to lack of income.
Dr Rahman pointed out that significant reduction of extreme poverty has been one of the most significant achievements of Bangladesh as an economy. While this achievement is praiseworthy, he added- we still have 12.9 percent of the population (roughly 20 million) living below the lower poverty line.
He also pointed out key areas to be focused to address extreme poverty in Bangladesh. He inferred that efficient and prudent public expenditure to support the extreme poor households is of critical importance. He referred to studies conducted as background research work in preparing the 7th Five Year Plan infer that on an average USD 500 one-off investment per extreme poor household can result in that household graduating from extreme poverty. .
 Finally, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) needs to be expanded significantly to create adequate employment and take maximum advantage of the youthful workforce of Bangladesh. Dr Rahman said that efficient application of latest technology is a critical pre-requisite for extreme poverty reduction, and we have access to latest technology ranging from social media to space satellite.
He concluded stating that it is high time for a concerted effort by all parties, both public and private, to completely eradicate extreme poverty from Bangladesh.

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