In 2000, the government of Bangladesh conducted a prefeasibility study for the construction of a bridge across the Padma River that separates the southwest zone from other parts of the country, including the north-central zone where the national capital of Dhaka is located.
Bangladesh has undergone rapid socioeconomic progress in recent decades, attaining lower middle-income status in 2015. Between 2001 and 2019, poverty declined from 48.9% to 20.5%, and extreme poverty from 34.3% to 10.5%. However, the country has faced several challenges in its continuing climb to upper middle-income status. These challenges include (i) boosting investment to accelerate econo
At program appraisal, the reliability of Bangladesh’s electricity supply was low and had become a major deterrent to economic development. By 2011, with more than half of Bangladesh’s population without access to electricity, improvements to electricity generation, transmission, and distribution systems were urgently required.
By 2012, Bangladesh had made significant progress in access to primary as well as secondary education. However, the challenges of low completion rates, poor education quality, and inclusive access to secondary education had persisted.