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Old January 13, 2013, 09:55 PM
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In some ways, those who doubted Bangladesh’s potential were right. Economic growth since the 1970s has been poor; the country’s politics have been unremittingly wretched. Yet over the past 20 years, Bangladesh has made some of the biggest gains in the basic condition of people’s lives ever seen anywhere. Between 1990 and 2010 life expectancy rose by 10 years, from 59 to 69 (see chart 1). Bangladeshis now have a life expectancy four years longer than Indians, despite the Indians being, on average, twice as rich. Even more remarkably, the improvement in life expectancy has been as great among the poor as the rich.
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Bangladesh has also made huge gains in education and health. More than 90% of girls enrolled in primary school in 2005, slightly more than boys. That was twice the female enrolment rate in 2000. Infant mortality has more than halved, from 97 deaths per thousand live births in 1990 to 37 per thousand in 2010 (see table). Over the same period child mortality fell by two-thirds and maternal mortality fell by three-quarters. It now stands at 194 deaths per 100,000 births. In 1990 women could expect to live a year less than men; now they can expect to live two years more.


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Bangladesh is still poor and crowded. With the lowest labour costs in the world (textile workers make about $35 a month) it should be growing faster than China, not more slowly than India. It is badly governed, stifled by red tape and faces severe environmental problems. But in terms of the success of its grass-roots development, it has lessons for the world.
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Old January 13, 2013, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for sharing. Very encouraging numbers. PPP would have been higher if we could rid of corruption and political misery.

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Old January 13, 2013, 10:14 PM
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Thanks for sharing. Very encouraging numbers. PPP would have been higher if we could rid of corruption and political misery.

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Old January 13, 2013, 10:17 PM
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^^^ Yes.
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Old January 13, 2013, 10:24 PM
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Nytimes: In an Unlikely Corner of Asia, Strong Promise of Growth

Economist: Bangladesh Out of the basket

From Pakistan defence forum: A Tale of Two Economies: Comparing Bangladesh & Pakistan 1971-Present
I found this on net. I suggest you to read whole thread. There are some long term projections in page 2.


From a Pakistani news link: Exports: Bangladesh leaves Pakistan behind
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Nice stats - very encouraging. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing. Very encouraging numbers. PPP would have been higher if we could rid of corruption and political misery.

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i am dissapointed in you. i would think u still read the bangladesh news section. thouh this article should have been a thread of its own from beginning.. navo got me to read the whole thing when he posted the link...and that never happens with long articles...meaning i dnt readbthem fully...unless its financial.

http://www.banglacricket.com/alochon....php?p=1596726

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Two things: in terms of public perception, by and large, people only look at the GDP. So us being half of India (whereas in 1990 we were at 66%) is understandable, but also not good. Factor in we should have been able to maintain pace with India being so much smaller, is doubly not good. But to still be behind Pakistan - even with their negative growth rate, is also not good.

But in the really meaningful areas, we are beating them both on almost all indices - as attested to by Amartya Sen also. But public perception, which largely dictates foreign interest and intervention will generally not see that.
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Interesting that we are behind Pakistan after all the turmoil they are going through by a large eye-soaring margin. But, the video in the post before the above really made me enjoy the light in the end of the tunnel.

During his long stay in pre-Berlin wall West Germany, my dad used to lament his experience with European media generally with horror and disgust as every time there channels will show flooded Bangladesh with homeless people looking for food and shelter strayed around en masse. At least the media showing somewhat the same only the atonement is totally opposite.
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The video from the Economist
Is there a link for this video?
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Do you see the get link icon near the bottom of the video?
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Interesting that we are behind Pakistan after all the turmoil they are going through by a large eye-soaring margin. But, the video in the post before the above really made me enjoy the light in the end of the tunnel.

During his long stay in pre-Berlin wall West Germany, my dad used to lament his experience with European media generally with horror and disgust as every time there channels will show flooded Bangladesh with homeless people looking for food and shelter strayed around en masse. At least the media showing somewhat the same only the atonement is totally opposite.
I for one hope we never go down the Indian route where the 20 percent or so middle class forgets about the 50 or so percent that are living their life in misery (corruption, poverty, hunger, sanitation, natural disasters etc) and only paint a picture that is dishonest and delusional. We need others to actually show us the true picture, the poorest 5 percent in the most developed countries live a far better life than most of our citizens.
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I understand your concern. It was not about what percentage is maintaining a certain standard of living, it was the assimilated negative picturesque that was drawn with the attitude which blindly believed the basket case theory. The good thing about the video above is although showing senior citizen lying on a shaded open space probably the Kamlapur station the voice was optimistic about our achievements.
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