Ahmad Tousif Jami
Bangladesh is potentially a top five globally emerging economies for the next decade. Bangladesh has the world's second-largest RMG sector (Source: WTO). The nation also benefits from extensive remittance support, affordable low-skilled human resources, a booming pharmaceutical industry, a large agricultural sector, and more. All of this has contributed to consistent annual GDP average growth of six percent since the 1990s (Source: US Embassy, Bangladesh). Bangladesh has already qualified for the LDC exit, which is scheduled for 2026 and shows promise for the economy in the upcoming days.
Each day breaks a new record as the coronavirus spread goes out of hand once again and the people of Bangladesh spiral into complete chaos, suffering and uncertainty. Continuing to characterize this crisis as “unprecedented” is just an excuse now. With more than a year into the pandemic, there is a precedent for how we should confront a COVID-19 infection spike and there should have been better plans by now. Scientists and public health experts have been warning about a potential second wave in Bangladesh since September and have repeatedly stressed on the need to develop proper protocols in advance. Yet, over the last few weeks my social media is flooding with cries for help; people are desperately searching for ICU beds, information on plasma donors, oxygen supply for their friends and family – similar to our experiences from one year ago.
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