Planning Minister MA Mannan has said that the overall macroeconomic situation is largely stable in the country despite the jolts of corona pandemic.He also said that inequality and the trend of general inflation is now less than before.
The Planning Minister said this while addressing a virtual seminar titled “National Budget 2021-2022: Sustainable Development, Lives and Livelihood during COVID-19” as the chief guest recently.
Organized by the Bangladesh Agricultural Economists Association (BAEA), former Bangladesh Bank Governor and “Bangabandhu Chair” Professor of Dhaka University Dr Atiur Rahman spoke on the occasion as special guest.
General Economics Division (GED) member of the Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam (senior secretary) spoke as the chief discusssant chaired by BAEA President Sajjadul Hassan.
Secretary General of the Association Dr Mohammad Mizanul Haque Kajol gave the address of welcome while Prof Dr Ismat Ara Begum and Dr Mohammad Jahangir Alam of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh jointly presented the key-note paper.
The virtual seminar was moderated jointly by Md Nahid Sattar and Shakila Salam Shampa, said a press release today.
Terming again this proposed budget as “business friendly”, the Planning Minister said that efforts are on to decentralize the social safety net operations side by side the budget would be made more people-friendly.
Noting that there is sometimes lack of coordination while conducting researches while the researchers often could not spend the allotted fund for their researches, he said that the government is very much aware in this regard. “Subsidy will continue in agriculture.” He added.