Bangladesh: On the Road Map to a Sustainable Democracy
Speaker: Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Honourable Adviser (Minister) for Education and Commerce, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Chair: Dr Gareth Price, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
Bangladesh is scheduled to hold long-awaited general elections in the third week of December 2008. The Caretaker Government is preparing to hold what many hope will be the country's first free and fair elections. The elections come against a backdrop of extensive reform efforts. With a large electorate and many political factions to negotiate with, the work of the Caretaker Government has been challenging.
Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman is the Adviser (Minister) for Commerce and Education of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh and Chief negotiator for the ongoing dialogue with political parties. A leading researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies(1986-2000), Dr Rahman founded the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) Dhaka, a poverty research think-tank in 1996 and was its Executive Chairman prior to his appointment as Adviser. He served as Coordinating author of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper of Bangladesh and as Commissioner of the Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation. He has also co-authored Rethinking Rural Poverty (SAGE1995) and Local Governance and Community Capacities (UPL, 2002). An active of civil society issues Dr Rahman also serves as Adviser to the Credit and Development Forum (CDF) and Digital Network, think-tanks on micro-credit and information technology respectively.
The speaker will discuss the current developments and preparedness of the Caretaker Government in the run-up to elections.