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Bangladesh

Facts and stats about Bangladesh

Author: Edsel.G

Author: Edsel.G

Bangladesh is a democratic country situated in the Ganges Delta. This geographic location allows the country to grow and export crops making agriculture one of the most important sources of foreign currency for the country. Dhaka, the capital, is one of the world’s largest and most heavily populated cities all over the world. Bangladesh itself is a country of more than 160 million, making it one of the most densely populated countries all over the globe.

Bangladesh is currently a part of the Next Eleven, a group of countries predicted to be economic superpowers in the coming decades. The country, indeed, is experiencing rapid economic growth at 6% annually. One of the biggest challenges the country faces is the fact that it lacks reliable energy generators. But the World Bank says that the biggest concerns are those governance-related factors.

Bangladesh was originally a part of Pakistan. However, perceived neglect and racial and religious discrimination have led to an uprising called the Bengali Independence Movement. After a bloody war, Bangladesh won its independence. Of course, the victory was not attributed to Bangladesh’ own army, but that of India’s, which dedicated its resources to support the Bangladeshi cause and beat its long-time foe, Pakistan. The independence proved to be difficult for the people, as massive famine and political instability followed. In 1991, democracy was restored, and the country started to experience economic growth, thanks in part to foreign aid.

163.65 million

Population. Ranked 8th in 2013.

$747.34

GDP per capita. Ranked 156th in 2012.

Borders

Burma 193 km, India 4,053 km
Largest city Dhaka (city) - 3,839,000; (metro area) 8,500,000
Capital city Dhaka (city) - 3,839,000; (metro area) 8,500,000
Major language Bengali
Major religion Islam, Hinduism
Monetary unit taka
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed
Alternative names People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Groups Densely populated countries, Former British colonies, Hot countries, Muslim countries, South and Central Asia, South Asia, World

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Bangladesh is a democratic country situated in the Ganges Delta. This geographic location allows the country to grow and export crops making agriculture one of the most important sources of foreign currency for the country. Dhaka, the capital, is one of the world’s largest and most heavily populated cities all over the world. Bangladesh itself is a country of more than 160 million, making it one of the most densely populated countries all over the globe.

Bangladesh is currently a part of the Next Eleven, a group of countries predicted to be economic superpowers in the coming decades. The country, indeed, is experiencing rapid economic growth at 6% annually. One of the biggest challenges the country faces is the fact that it lacks reliable energy generators. But the World Bank says that the biggest concerns are those governance-related factors.

Bangladesh was originally a part of Pakistan. However, perceived neglect and racial and religious discrimination have led to an uprising called the Bengali Independence Movement. After a bloody war, Bangladesh won its independence. Of course, the victory was not attributed to Bangladesh’ own army, but that of India’s, which dedicated its resources to support the Bangladeshi cause and beat its long-time foe, Pakistan. The independence proved to be difficult for the people, as massive famine and political instability followed. In 1991, democracy was restored, and the country started to experience economic growth, thanks in part to foreign aid.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

Edsel.G

Edsel.G

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More or less, 80 percent of Bangladesh’s population reside in rural districts. More than half of them are agricultural workers while the rest are in the rural non-farm sector. The countryside economy comprises a considerable part of the national Gross Domestic Product. Farm crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry account for 21 percent while the non-farm sector has 33 percent.

Bangladesh is faced with the stark reality of rural poverty. A growth rate of four percent in the agricultural and seven percent in the non-farm sectors is needed to attain millennium development goals of reducing poverty by 2015. Unfortunately, economic realities, environmental and demographic characteristics, and vulnerability to natural disasters make this a very difficult task.

Besides, there is low agricultural productivity. Harvest intensity has reached its limit so growth should come from more cereal production; diversification into high-value yield and non-crop activities; and, value addition in the agro-processing industry. This includes warehousing processing and marketing. It entails reforms in agricultural research, financial concerns and other regulations.

There is a scarcity of easily accessible markets. Complicity by traders creates major constraints in agricultural input and output markets. There is shortage of market information and infrastructure. This is compounded by the unstable law and order situation, proliferation of crime syndicates, and collection of unlawful levies.

The government needs the support of international financial institutions so agricultural productivity will increase. It must provide a positive rural business atmosphere by investing in rural roads, communications and rail network. The rural finance mechanism, regulatory agenda, land policy and administration, and public expenditures must be changed for the better.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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We should remove our corruption. At every step of life we face corruption. But no one take proper steps to remove it.We are general people really helpless...
So, I'm looking forward to the literate person all over the world please help us to do that....
Thank you.

Posted on 28 Feb 2010

Dhani Palit

Dhani Palit

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George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized a benefit concert for Bangladesh in 1971.

Posted on 14 May 2009

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