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Bangladesh economy to expand by 6% in 2022: UN report

Staff Correspondent
14 Jan 2022 14:50:33 | Update: 14 Jan 2022 16:00:55
Bangladesh economy to expand by 6% in 2022: UN report
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The United Nations has projected that Bangladesh economy is expected to expand by 6 per cent in 2022.

In its latest “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022” report released on Thursday, the UN said, “Amid sound macroeconomic policies, Bangladesh has navigated the Covid-19 pandemic relatively well. GDP (gross domestic product) is projected to expand by 6 per cent in 2022.

“Economic activity rides on export growth and the rising demand for apparel, robust remittance inflows, and accommodative fiscal and monetary policies,” it added.

According to the report, Bangladesh’s rate of growth of real GDP was predicted at 5.8 per cent in 2022 and 6.4 per cent in 2023.

The fresh growth report comes just two days after the World Bank reiterated its projection for Bangladesh in its “Global Economic Prospects” report, mentioning that Bangladesh economy is expected to grow by 6.4 per cent in the current 2021-22 fiscal year while 6.9 per cent in the 2022-23 fiscal.

Meanwhile, the UN report also predicted India’s real GDP growth to be 6.5 per cent, Maldives 16.5 per cent, Nepal’s growth 5.5 per cent, Afghanistan 4.8 per cent, Bhutan 4.5 per cent, Pakistan 4.2 per cent, and Sri Lanka’s growth 2.6 per cent in 2022.

According to the report, the global economy is projected to grow by 4 per cent in 2022 - down from 5.5 per cent last year - and expand 3.5 per cent in 2023 amid new waves of Covid-19 infections, labour market challenges, supply-chain constraints and rising inflation.