Resurgent Bangladesh proposes lockdown exit strategy framework

Business Desk | Published: 22:50, Jun 05,2020


Resurgent Bangladesh, a platform to help Bangladesh devise strategies and polices for COVID-19 economic recovery, presented a model lockdown exit strategy framework at its first dialogue for the government and other stakeholders to consider on Thursday, said a press release.

Resurgent Bangladesh is a joint initiative of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka, the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chittagong Stock Exchange, Business Initiative Leading Development and Policy Exchange.

It recommended phased re-opening of economic activities only after ensuring that virus spread risk had been brought under control.

It emphasised centralised assessment and monitoring mechanisms, preparedness assessment, vulnerability mapping like zoning, economic/social sector specific considerations for phased strategy, health and non-health related objectives.

The framework presented a strategy plan and set criteria for where, what and how to open.

MCCI president Nihad Kabir gave the introductory remarks while Policy Exchange chairman Masrur Reaz made the keynote presentation on the exit strategy framework and on key activities or objectives of Resurgent Bangladesh initiative.

BUILD chairman Abul Kasem Khan provided remarks from private sector perspectives and DCCI president Shams Mahmud provided the closing remarks along with a summary of key issues covered.

Bangladesh high commissioner to Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah, former BASIS president Habibullah N Karim, former law secretary Mohammad Shahid, former principal secretary to prime minister Abdul Karim, PRI executive director Ahsan H Mansur, former National Board of Revenue chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Centre for Policy Dialogue distinguished fellow Mustafizur Rahman, Oxford University NHS Trust doctor Shakil Farid, Deloitte executive adviser Sharif Islam, Economic Reporters Forum general secretary Rashedul Islam, PWC director Pranshu Jain, Monash University professor Asad Islam, Dhaka University associate professor Rashedur Rahman and CSE chairman Asif Ibrahim also participated in the dialogue.

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