Day before yesterday I got an SMS, that I took booster doze of vaccine yesterday, it was Pfizer. I know that a lot of my friends especially in developed countries yet to get this booster doze of vaccine. I am sure that in view of WHO Chief Teredos, by the end of year country like ours, should reach 40 % and by the middle of next year we should reach 70 % population are vaccinated. I feel proud of my government, our Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina succeeded to get 31 crore of vaccines. While hundreds of country in globe struggle to get vaccines, I hope equality and justice prevail in vaccine distribution, I know the UN agencies, especially WHO and UNICEF giving their effort in this regard.
Today is the last day of year, yesterday it is the last office day of the year, for one of the reason, I was demoralized like one of my colleague, as we have not succeeded get a government order, but I am sure that we will get it. But, we have calculated we did a lot of milestone in 2021, I am sure we will be taking inspirations from a lot of success of us, and a lot success from our country , we will also consider from our organizational level and also from personal level. Today our GDP is twice as big compared to Pakistan, even we are ahead of Indian in respect of GDP growth. Our per capita income ahead of those two countries. Our national income gone 50 times and per capita 25 times, food production gone up four times, while we have been able to cap our population growth in 2.5 %. Our export growth is 100% compare to our initial time. People in poverty was 60 % during 1990s, now it is just 20 % or less. Expect Srilanka we are the best human development index in South Asia. We will look forward, we should not be busy with past failures and past misdeeds.
But, I am a bit upset, on some news, which is very primitive, and we feel shame on those. There are news that, few of our officials beaten people in their offices. There was a video being circulated in twitter, one Rohingya refugee have been beaten by some responsible people. We cannot take law in our hands. We have had opened our boarder for this state less and penny less community, our Prime Minister said that, if we able to feed 160 million, then why not we will be able to feed these 1.1 million. Yes we have a lot of problems, our eco system in jeopardy in Coxsbazar, we are not getting appropriate political support from developed countries, but we should not loss our good wisdom and reputation.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director at COAST Foundation 31st December 2021, Dhaka