Rizwanul Islam

Dr Rizwanul Islam is an economist and former Special Adviser, Employment Sector, International Labour Office, Geneva.

Transformative power of ChatGPT

If one technological innovation is to be cited for capturing much of the talk time in discussions ranging from drawing rooms to corporate offices and academic institutions, it is ChatGPT. Released by Open AI in November 2022, this is a language model based on artificial intelligence (AI).

1y ago

FY24 budget ignores fiscal policy as a tool for equitable growth

Any effort at halting inequality and reversing the trend has to start from a political commitment, an understanding of the factors at work, and adoption of necessary measures to attain the goals.

1y ago

Meeting the conditions for the IMF Loan

As is well-known, credit from the IMF comes with strings attached, and the latest one is no exception.

1y ago

Is unemployment actually declining?

In countries like Bangladesh, where there is no provision for unemployment allowance, poor people cannot afford to remain without work.

1y ago

Rising inflation: What can be done?

The sharp rise in the rate of inflation witnessed in recent months is worrisome for at least two reasons: it is bad for investment decisions and economic growth, as well as for low-income people, especially those with fixed incomes.

1y ago

Race to the bottom must end

The owner of Hashem Foods factory remarked that they were not the ones who set the fire that took 52 lives, including children and adolescents.

2y ago

The war against Covid-19 is also stress-testing our limits as a species

I haven’t visited my children or grandchildren for nearly a year and a half, neither have they visited me. They live in the USA, and I in Europe.

3y ago

Economic recovery: hopes and trepidations

Although the budget for fiscal year 2020-21 projected a GDP growth of 8.2 per cent for the year, the Planning Commission has recently revised the projection down to 7.4 per cent.

3y ago
July 3, 2023
July 3, 2023

Transformative power of ChatGPT

If one technological innovation is to be cited for capturing much of the talk time in discussions ranging from drawing rooms to corporate offices and academic institutions, it is ChatGPT. Released by Open AI in November 2022, this is a language model based on artificial intelligence (AI).

June 9, 2023
June 9, 2023

FY24 budget ignores fiscal policy as a tool for equitable growth

Any effort at halting inequality and reversing the trend has to start from a political commitment, an understanding of the factors at work, and adoption of necessary measures to attain the goals.

May 14, 2023
May 14, 2023

Meeting the conditions for the IMF Loan

As is well-known, credit from the IMF comes with strings attached, and the latest one is no exception.

April 11, 2023
April 11, 2023

Is unemployment actually declining?

In countries like Bangladesh, where there is no provision for unemployment allowance, poor people cannot afford to remain without work.

October 26, 2022
October 26, 2022

Rising inflation: What can be done?

The sharp rise in the rate of inflation witnessed in recent months is worrisome for at least two reasons: it is bad for investment decisions and economic growth, as well as for low-income people, especially those with fixed incomes.

July 17, 2021
July 17, 2021

Race to the bottom must end

The owner of Hashem Foods factory remarked that they were not the ones who set the fire that took 52 lives, including children and adolescents.

April 8, 2021
April 8, 2021

The war against Covid-19 is also stress-testing our limits as a species

I haven’t visited my children or grandchildren for nearly a year and a half, neither have they visited me. They live in the USA, and I in Europe.

January 5, 2021
January 5, 2021

Economic recovery: hopes and trepidations

Although the budget for fiscal year 2020-21 projected a GDP growth of 8.2 per cent for the year, the Planning Commission has recently revised the projection down to 7.4 per cent.

December 8, 2020
December 8, 2020

Ten takeaways from one year of Covid-19

It’s been almost one year since the novel coronavirus was identified in China and reported to WHO. During the past year, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 has spread to the entire world, over six and a half crores have been infected, and over 15 lakhs have died.

October 13, 2020
October 13, 2020

Make sure economic recovery is not jobless

Use of telephone interview for a survey of income, expenditure and employment is rather ambitious, and I am wondering why a government organisation like the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics had to resort to this method - even taking into account the difficult environment created by the Covid pandemic.

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