SANEM-MCCI jointly organized discussion on “A New Investment Regime for Bangladesh”



South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka jointly organized a discussion session on “A New Investment Regime for Bangladesh” on 1st August, 2015 at the Chamber Conference Hall, Motijheel, Dhaka. A welcome address was provided by Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur (President, MCCI and Co-chair of the session). Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker (Chairman, SANEM and Co-Chair of the session) provided his opening remarks. After the opening ceremony, Dr. Selim Raihan (Executive Director, SANEM) presented on “A New Investment Regime for Bangladesh”. In his presentation, Dr. Raihan discussed about issues regarding the fall in private investment over recent years and why Bangladesh needs a new investment regime to achieve the targeted GDP growth rate of 8% by 2020. According to Dr. Raihan, there are 3 major areas of improvement including policy reform, institutional reform and infrastructural reform to increase domestic private investment and FDI through economic diversification and export diversification. The presentation was followed by open discussion and remarks from the special guest, Dr. S.A. Samad (Executive Chairman, Board of Investment (BOI)). The event came to an end with concluding remarks by the co-chairs and a vote of thanks from the Vice President of MCCI.