|Looking Outward: Bangladesh in the World Economy
ISBN 984 05 1716 3 2004 136pp 215x136mm HB Tk.275.00 US$23.00
In this book of three essays (emerging from lectures at BRAC University and Bangladesh Economic Association), Professor Nurul Islam examines the opportunities as well as risks Bangladesh faces in foreign trade, investment and labour export, first in the context of economic globalization and then in the regional context, in forging mutually beneficial economic relations with India.
The book also contains an empirical analysis of Bangladesh’s international image-in respect of economic performance and state of governance- with a significant bearing on her development prospects. As with his other books on Bangladesh economy, Professor Islam brings to bear on his analysis insights from experience in policy making, historical antecedents, command over current development thinking and results of his rigorous research.
The book will prove invaluable to students, teachers and policy makers in understanding some of the challenges Bangladesh faces and her possible responses as she attempts to integrate with the world economy. Many of the author’s insights will also be of interest to the development community in general.
Professor Nurul Islam, is a leading development economist combining academic excellence with policy making at the highest level. He has an illustrious career spanning over three decades - Professor at Dhaka University, Founder-Director of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Deputy Chairman of the First Planning Commission laying the economic foundations of independent Bangladesh. Later, as he moved on to the world stage he had been Assistant Director General of UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and is currently Emeritus Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC. Educated at Harvard where he received his Ph.D. in Economics, he held visiting appointments at various universities abroad including Oxford and Yale and was Chairman of the UN Committee on Development Policy.
He has written extensively on various aspects of trade, development, food security and public policy.