Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Chairperson of Unnayan Shamannay Dr Atiur Rahman moderated a stakeholder consultation session in the city yesterday. -AA
"There is no doubt that the potential benefits of BBIN-MVA are enormous for all four countries involved. But successful operationalization of the agreement requires trust building among people of all spheres ranging from policy makers to private stakeholders at the grassroots levels," former Governor of Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Chairperson of Unnayan Shamannay Dr Atiur Rahman said.
He made the remarks while moderating a stakeholder consultation session on 'Connecting Corridors beyond Borders' organized jointly by CUTS International (India) and UnnayanShamannay in the city yesterday.
Preliminary findings from a study on challenges of operationalizing BBIN-MVA conducted by the two organizations were presented by Arnob Ganguly from CUTS International and Robert Shuvro Guda from Unnayan Shama-nnay.
Former Secretary of Ministry of Commerce Suhel Chowdhury, Former Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce Manoj Kumar Roy, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Commerce AHM Ahsan, Chief Transport Economist of Roads and Highways Division Marufa Ismat, Senior Research Fellow of BIDS Nazneen Ahmed and Research Director of BIISS Dr Mahfuz Kabir participated in the consultation.
Representatives from Bangladesh Truck Owners' Association, Coastal Ship Owners Association of Bangladesh, different research organizations and mass-media professionals were also present.Discussants pointed out different infrastructural, procedural and political challenges of operationalizing the BBIN-MVA and discussed possible ways forward.
In his closing remarks, Dr Atiur opined that the countries in BBIN sub-region are enjoying an unprecedented level of political consensus and this needs to be utilized for operationalizing the BBIN-MVA for the ultimate beneficiaries of this will be the general people, i.e. the consumers.
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