Training on National Income Accounting held

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University in association with the General Economics Division (GED) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  organized a two-day long training programme on ‘National Income Accounting’ on 5-6 November 2016 at BRAC Center, Dhaka under the Sustainable and Inclusive Planning (SSIP) project.

National Income trainingMr. Fakrul Ahsan, Prof. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Dr. Sultan hafeez Rahman and Ms. Shaila Khan are seen at the training (From Left)

 

The core purpose of the training programme was to enhance the knowledge-base of the policy makers about the concept and methodology of the national income accounting of Bangladesh for better policy making. This two-day course also aimed to assist the government officials appreciates the practical limitations of constructing the national income accounts from a wide range of sources of data. The training also intended to provide the participants with a comprehensive knowledge about the quality of data and data generating process.

The inaugural session of the training programme was graced by the presence and intellectual inputs of Prof. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission; Ms. Shaila Khan, Senior Programme Advisor (Assistant Country Director), UNDP Bangladesh; Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Project Manager, SSIP Project, UNDP Bangladesh; and Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BIGD, BRAC University.

National income accounting measures the prosperity of an economy and also helps compare national income across countries. While conceptually simple and elegant, the process of measurement of national income is a complex and sophisticated exercise. There are gaps and discrepancies between the text-book theories and practical approach of measuring national income. Lack of sound understanding of these practical methods results in breeding confusion, misconception and mistakes in discourse on national income. Therefore, it is imperative to expand the knowledge-base of the policy makers on this particular issue so that they can engage themselves in policy making and debate more effectively.

A total of 20 public planners from General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission (PC), Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Finance Division (FD) enhanced their knowledge on concept and methodology of the national income accounting thru hands on training.

The training was conducted by academician, economists and statisticians who have vast experience in computing national income accounts of the country. Dr. Bazlul H. Khondker, Professor, Dhaka University; Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director, National Accounting Wing, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS); Mr. Zobdul Hoque, Former Director, National Accounting Wing, BBS; Mr. Tufail Ahmed, Deputy Director, National Accounting Wing, BBS; and Mr. Abdul Khaleque, Deputy Director, National Accounting Wing, BBS trained the GoB officials through eight comprehensive lectures.

A certificate awarding ceremony was organized at the closing day of the training programme. Mr. Naquib Bin Mahbub, Chief, GED and NPD, SSIP project handed over the certificates among the participants for successful completion of the training. Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Project Manager, SSIP Project, UNDP Bangladesh; and Mr. Shanawez Hossain, PhD, Research Fellow and Head (Urbanization, Climate Change and Environment Cluster), BIGD, BRAC University were also present at the certificate awarding ceremony.