Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh, with its aim to support the evolution and growth of Bangladesh economy, organized a seminar in the capital, Dhaka on Thursday.

The seminar titled “Bangladesh Economy: Prospects and Challenges” focused on issues and factors responsible for sustainable growth in the Bangladesh economy.

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed inaugurated the seminar as the chief guest. The discussants at the seminar were president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Latifur Rahman, BRAC executive director Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Senior economist of World Bank Dr. Zahid Hussain, and Prof. MA Taslim, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Foreign Trade Institute.

Former secretaries Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Suhel Ahmed Chowdhury and Dr. Taufiq Elahi Chowdhury, former Ambassador Nasim Ferdous, former CEO of Chittagong Stock Exchange Waliul Maruf Matin, and chairman of Shamunnay Dr. Atiur Rahman also spoke at the seminar.

Speaking as chief guest, Salehuddin Ahmed said Bangladesh stands out with good potential for positive economic growth. “We must invigorate our economic activities for further development in the economy.”

The central bank chief also stated that Bangladesh can learn from the current global financial crisis and implement policies towards higher economic growth.

Managing Director and Citi Country Officer Mamun Rashid in his speech said that Bangladesh projects higher future economic growth. Consistency and sustainability of economic growth will lead to further development for the Bangladesh economy.

The keynote presentation was made by Anushka Shah, Economist, Citi South Asia.

BBN/SI/SS/AD-27November08-8:57 PM (BST)