The book includes revised papers presented at the conference on Emerging Global Economic Order and the Developing Countries, organized by the Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) in Dhaka in June 2004. The topics addressed are Millennium Development Goals: Reality and Prospects; Globalization, Inequality and Poverty: Theory and Evidence; Post Cancun WTO: An Assessment; New Issues in Development Assistance: Policy Reforms, Ownership, Governance; Global Environmental Security After Rio+11: North-South Divide or Unite; and Bangladesh in the World Economy: Selected Issues. The writers respectively are Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor Robert Hunter Wade, Professor Nurul Islam, Dr. Nancy Birdsall, Mr. Nitin Desai, and (jointly) Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and Professor Abul Barkat.
The purpose of the conference was to review a number of key aspects of the emerging global economic order with particular reference to the state of affairs facing developing countries and to identify equitable and sustainable ways forward for all concerned. The conference brought out key issues in respect of the topics covered and offered suggestions for constructing the ways forward. A major conclusion is a call for fairer international order, increased resource and technology transfer to the developing countries from the developed countries, and increased access to exports from the developing countries to the developed. The book provides insightful and compelling analyses and arguments in this context.
Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad is the President of the Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) and Chairman of the multidisciplinary research organization Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP). He has been President of the Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific, ADIPA (1979-83) and Vice President of the Rome-based Society for International Development, SID (1988-91). His publications include 26 books and over 300 articles and research reports on various aspects of development. He holds an M.A. (Economics) from Dhaka University and Ph.D (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London University. He participated in the Bangladesh War of Liberation in 1971.