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close this book Developing the non-farm sector in Bangladesh
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View the document Acknowledgements
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View the document Imperatives and models
View the document Macroeconomic trends in Bangladesh
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View the document Gross domestic savings (GDS) (as a percentage of GDP).
View the document Gross domestic investment
View the document Foreign direct investment
View the document Public finances
View the document Human capital
View the document Health
View the document Message from indicators
close this folder Pattern of development
View the document How does Bangladesh compare?
View the document Devising a strategy for agricultural intensification
View the document Choosing appropriate technologies
close this folder Other lessons from comparative experience
View the document Lesson 1: Take advantage of location
View the document Lesson 2: Promote exports
View the document Lesson 3: Develop infrastructure
View the document Lesson 4: Encourage local government entrepreneurship
View the document Lesson 5: Preparing for industrialization
close this folder Rural industry in Bangladesh
View the document Rural infrastructure
View the document Mechanical and biochemical technology
View the document Neighborhood effects
close this folder Rural industry and export-led growth
View the document Possibilities for foreign investment
View the document Domestic hardles
View the document Financing of new enterprises
View the document Niche exporting
View the document Growth poles
View the document Concluding observations
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Foreword

 

Future growth of the Bangladeshi economy will be strongly influenced by the performance of the rural sector. Both the expansion of agricultural output and the development of the non-farm sector will play important roles, with the latter contributing more substantially to employment and potentially also to agro-based and manufactured exports. This study, which was prepared in connection with our ongoing work on Bangladesh's non-farm sector, explores the structure and dynamics of the rural economy in a comparative framework. It explores recent and potential sources of growth, in the process, providing a valuable spatial perspective on development processes. The study concludes with a wide-ranging policy agenda that gives due attention to the part that local governments can play through institution building, sound administration, resource mobilization, and entrepreneurship.

Rural development is a major objective, not just for Bangladesh, but also for the majority of developing countries. The comparative analysis and policy discussion contained in this study should be of interest to a wide audience.

Mieko Nishimizu

Director, Country Department 1

South Asia Region