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2022, a year of dev milestones

Published : 30 Dec 2022 11:06 PM | Updated : 31 Dec 2022 04:04 PM

Bangladesh has made enormous progress in 2022 with major mega projects to facilitate faster economic development while the human development index (HDI) also saw remarkable improvement earning global appreciation, including in the UN.

All these achievements happened under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina despite a global economic crisis due to the Coronalvirus pandemic.

The inauguration of country's biggest-ever 'Padma Multipurpose Bridge' and first ever metro rail service must be  mentioned as the milestones in the communication and infrastructural development, while the SAAF championship by the women footballers could be mentioned as the success in the sports sector.

Besides, the country has made history by inaugurating 100 bridges at a time and also 100 roads in 2022. 

Besides, 100 percent population of the country has come under the electricity coverage, which is a major success for the country.

Moreover, houses and land handed over by the government to several lakhs of famililies having no house or land at free of cost, for what Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of the founder of Bangladesh and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, must be thanked.

Padma Bridge Becomes a Reality: On June 25, Bangladesh opened the long-awaited Padma bridge giving a huge boost to the confidence of the nation that it could do a gigantic project with its own resources.

Built at the cost of nearly Tk 30,200 crore, the 6.15-kilometre bridge connects 21 districts in the south and southwestern region with two seaports, Mongla and Payra, to the rest of Bangladesh.

Metro rail rolls out, a memorable feat for public transport: The year 2022 marked the opening of the country's first ever metro rail on December 28 adding a new mode of public transport for Dhaka city which is expected to reduce the traffic congestion.

Built at a cost of nearly Tk 33,500 crore, the Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 will allow many people to commute within scheduled time in the city where traffic jams make time prediction impossible.

With the launch of modern public transport, Bangladesh becomes the third country in South Asia to have metro rail after India and Pakistan.

SAFF Women's Championship-2022: Bangladesh and Nepal met in the final of the competition on 19 September 2022, in which the Bangladesh national women's football team defeated Nepal 3–1 to win their first ever title and become champions of the 2022 SAFF Women's Championship.

100% population comes under electricity coverage: Bangladesh in May announced that it brought 100 percent of its population under electricity coverage.

The achievement put Bangladesh ahead of India and Pakistan, among the countries in South Asia, which have so far achieved 98 per cent and 74 per cent respectively, data from the World Bank showed.

The countrymen suffered from severe load shedding for several months since July as the government took austerity measures in the wake of surging import cost of LNG and petroleum.

Per capita income crosses $2,800: The country's per capita income increased further to reach $2,824, thanks to the rise in economic activities. The pace of growth of Bangladesh's economy rose to 7.25 per cent in 2021-22 fiscal year from 6.94 per cent the previous year.

Year of major development in nuclear energy: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on October 19 inaugurated the second and final reactor of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, marking the most important development in the country's first nuclear power project.

The Tk 113,092-crore plant is expected to produce electricity for a lifetime of a minimum of 60 years and it will help Bangladesh generate electricity without emitting carbon dioxide.

Phenomenal growth in export earnings: Bangladesh posted outstanding export earnings of $52.08 billion in 2021-22 fiscal year, which was way higher from the target of $43.5 billion.

All vital sectors, including apparel, leather and leather goods, home textile and jute and jute goods, performed well this year.

Even in November, the country booked highest ever single month export earnings of $5.09 billion, where garment exports contributed $4.37 billion.

Amazing apparel comes to the rescue: Despite all odds, garment shipment registered 35.47 per cent year-on-year growth in FY22 and witnessed the highest ever export earnings of $42.61 billion.

Moreover, apparel shipment earnings of some months were spectacular. For instance, in November, garment export figure was $4.37 billion, which was the highest single month receipt in the history of Bangladesh.

The earnings were also extraordinary in January and June, which were $4.04 billion and $4.09 billion respectively.

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