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  • General Economics Division
    Bangladesh Planning Commission

    Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

About GED

The General Economics Division (GED) is one of the six divisions of the Planning Commission and is headed by the Member. This division, like other technical/sector divisions, provides secretarial assistance to the Planning Commission and to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) and the National Economic Council (NEC) in all matters relating to plan preparation and formulation of economic policies. The principle function of this division is to oversee the overall economic policy-making and economic affairs of the country. Some of the salient features of the functions of this division are as follows:

  • Preparation of national, medium and long-term strategies, guidelines and plans in accordance with social, economic and political objectives as laid down by the Government;
  • Preparation of technical frameworks for plans of various timeframe;
  • Formulation of alternative strategies and policies for mobilization of domestic resources to achieve the plan objectives;
  • Undertake research and analysis on issues like economic diplomacy, fiscal and monetary affairs, international economics, savings and investment, employment and income distribution;
  • Undertake macro and sectoral evaluation of different term plans;
  • Estimation of national income, consumption, savings and investment, domestic resources and foreign exchange requirement, external trade and balance of payment
  • Preparation of memorandum for the Bangladesh aid group meetings, later termed as Bangladesh Development Forum;
  • Preparation of briefs for meetings and negotiations with the multilateral organizations like World Bank, IMF, UN, ADB, WTO, ESCAP, EC, ECDC, South Asian Forum as well as other bilateral development partners;
  • Provide staff support to the Planning Commission for Council Committee on Exports, Resource Committee, Inter-ministerial Committee on ADP, Foreign Exchange Allocation Committee and others;
  • Initiate and organize seminars and professional discussions on issues relevant to economic planning and development.
In 2001, the Government of Bangladesh declared the General Economics Division as the “National Poverty Focal Point (NPFP)”. As a consequence, GED has been entrusted with the following additional responsibilities:


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Hon’ble Minister

Major General Abdus Salam, rcds, psc (retd), MP

Honorable Minister

Ministry of Planning

Respected Member (Secretary)

Dr. Md. Kawser Ahmed

Member (Secretary)

General Economics Division

Bangladesh Planning Commission
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Chief (Additional Secretary)

Khan Md. Nurul Amin, ndc

Chief (Additional Secretary)

General Economics Division

Bangladesh Planning Commission

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