Bangladesh: The Path to Middle-Income Status from an Urban Perspective

Aparicio, Gabriela ; Muzzini, Elisa

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Bangladesh seeks to attain middle-income status by 2021, the 50th anniversary of its independence. To accelerate growth enough to do so, it will need to undergo a structural transformation that will change the geography of economic production and urbanization. Critical to its transformation will be the creation of a globally competitive urban space, defined here as a space that has the capacity to innovate, is well connected internally and to external markets, and is livable (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD 2006; World Bank 2010). This study identifies what is unique about Bangladesh s process of urbanization and examines the implications for economic growth. Through the lens of Bangladesh s most successful industry, the garment sector, it describes the drivers of and constraints to urban competitiveness. Based on the findings, it provides policy directions to strengthen the competitiveness of Bangladesh s urban space in ways that will allow Bangladesh to reach middle-income status by 2021.

Document type: Book
Publisher: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
Date: 2013
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 21 July 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8213-9865-4
Number of Pages: 131
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Economics
Controlled Subjects: Bangladesch, Einkommen, Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Verstädterung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesch, Einkommen, Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, Urbanisierung / Bangladesh, Income, Economic Development, Urbanization
Subject (classification): Sociology
Countries/Regions: Bangladesh
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO
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