Prosperity and challenges ahead of Bangladesh
Published : Friday, 12 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 151
It was good to perceive that the PM has declared to control corruptions with zero tolerance, however, citizens of the state yet to find its actual implementation in the field level. Now many raised a valid question whether the Anti-Corruption Commission can act independently along with the PM's agenda to minimise corruption in the country? In this proceeding, it was urged by many scholars and researchers that this organisation would be separated from the government in all aspects and follows the guideline of the government over the corruption control mechanism as a prime issue of the country.
Evidently, it is still very arduous for some organisation in Bangladesh to play its independent role over corruption control as they are not fully authorised or independent. Ethical Institutional Governance (EIG) has been absent in Bangladesh since independence. It is; therefore, strongly recommend that the government would really provide unconditional support to some institutions to perform independently rather than controlling them badly.
The government has announced a big national budget in the parliament in the recent past for the Fiscal Year of 2019/20. The question is whether the budget would get implemented and it would work on the agenda that the government promised. Critiques say it is always a challenging task for the government to implement a national budget, mainly while it has been produced to convince the voters rather than considering overall facts and developments of the state.
It is, however, very essential for the government and NGOs and other international organisations or stakeholders to cooperate with the state government to implement the budget from all of their unique positions. Most importantly, it is the duties and accountabilities of the government to reconsolidate all the basic issues and agenda among the crucial stakeholders and make sure that the budget has been implemented without any mismanagement and corruptions, otherwise, commoners of the state would not receive its benefits at all.
In terms of other challenges, Bangladesh still ensures an effective parliament in which all party's participation is a must. Freedom of speech in all aspects is very important too. Political instability was also considered as one of the biggest issues in Bangladesh. Freedom of association and trade union participation also a crucial issue for millions of workers in the RMG or many other informal sectors. Social justice, institutional democracy and its ethical performance should be well ensured. Proper infrastructural development was also considered as part of the nation's prosperity and despite some developments, this sector still needs huge improvement through the proper policy implementation. Unemployment has had an extensive impact on GDP growth, and it must be well handled by offering unconditional and one-stop support and service to private investors so that more jobs can be created.
However, if there are not enough domestic investments in the job market, then sooner or later, it would be a big challenge for the national government, and it will spur social unrest in many aspects. Importantly, unemployment is the major problem not only in Bangladesh but around the world as well. Climate change is also a big concern for Bangladesh as it creates uncounted difficulties for rural and coastal citizens of the country. So, the government along with other stakeholders must produce a timely framework and strategy to protect the nation from the adverse climate change consequence.
If the BD government is genuinely interested to develop a policy to run the institutions uninterruptedly and bring the international standards on the performance, which can ultimately change the nation's future in many ways, then it is deeply urged that the BD government would appoint scholars as policy-makers for a different sector. Scholars would know how making a precise policy for certain institutions rather than making political decisions and statements that are often made by politicians. However, the government still can implement the policy as they are holding the executive and constitutional power in the country.
Finally, the critical discussions made above, both from positive and negative aspects should be well considered and further analysed to find the strength and weakness of the nation. To overcome the challenges, it is the right time for the Bangladeshi government to reconsolidate all the policies towards celebrating as a middle earner country is due by 2024.
The author is an Australian academic and researcher