Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam
yesterday said some of the country's major economic challenges have been
reflected in the election manifestoes announced by the political parties.
He was talking to reporters after an inaugural function of the NRB Branch of
Janata Bank Limited at Hotel Purbani. The first such branch dedicated
exclusively for the non-resident Bangladeshis is housed on the second floor
of the Janata Bank Bhaban in Motijheel commercial area.
"I've seen some reflections," the Finance Adviser said, replying to
a question whether the election manifestoes addressed major economic
He, however, did not go into details about the economic issues of the
manifestoes and preferred to hold a press conference in this regard before
leaving his office of the Adviser.
Addressing the function, Dr Aziz also mentioned that all the political
parties in their election manifestoes emphasized on focusing the rural
economy and poverty alleviation.
He appreciated the initiative of Janata Bank for opening a unique branch
dedicated exclusively for the non-resident Bangladeshis who are contributing
to the country's economic life no less than the export earnings in net terms.
Initially, the NRB Branch will be connected on-line with three desks of
Dhanmondi, Kamal Ataturk Avenue
and Uttara branches of the bank and offer three products namely Continuous
Benefit Account, Advance Benefit Account and NRB Home Loan Scheme.
The Finance Adviser asked the bank to motivate their staffs to be prompt and
courteous in dealing with clients to make the bank's mission successful, and
also to improve overall services of the bank.
He recognized the need for consumption of the remittance by the beneficiaries
in the country as they have to meet the expenditures like food, health and
But, the Adviser said, there is a scope to mobilize a part of the remittance
into the banking system and invest in productive sectors like agriculture,
SMEs, agro-processing and labour intensive sectors to help reduce poverty.
Finance Secretary Dr Mohammad Tareque, BOI executive chairman Kamaluddin
Ahmed and Janata Bank chairman Suhel Ahmed Choudhury also spoke on the