Asked about the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) latest enhanced growth projection of 6.6 per cent for Bangladesh in the current fiscal year (FY22) from its earlier projection of 6.5 per cent made in October, Kamal said that the World Bank and the IMF always make conservative projections on such issues.

"But, the good news is that they have scaled up their GDP growth projection slightly to 6.6 per cent from their earlier projection. This helps me to believe that we'll be able to attain 7.2 per cent GDP growth this year. Insha Allah," he said.

The finance minister mentioned that the recent figures showed that country has attained growth in almost all sectors as the export earnings witnessed a growth of over 31 per cent in November while the July-November export earnings posted a healthy growth of 24.3 per cent.

He said the way export earnings are coming; the country is likely to fetch $47 to $48 billion from exports at the yearend which would also be a new milestone for Bangladesh.

He said although the inward remittance flow is a bit less now, but at the end of the year, it is likely to reach $21 billion.

Kamal, however, said that considering the two upcoming biggest festivals of the Muslims (Eids), the inward remittance flow is likely to touch $25 billion. "Hopefully, we'll be able to exceed $25 billion from export earnings in this year."

When asked about the attainments of Bangladesh over the last 50 years since independence, he said that the attainments over the years were not achieved at the same ratio.

The finance minister said it took around 38 years since independence to reach the country's GDP size to $100 billion, but the maximum attainments were made over the last 13 years under the dynamic leadership and farsighted thoughts of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said that the country is moving ahead following the footsteps of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman while each and every citizen of the country wants to see more development of the country.

"We'll move ahead towards our desired goals through strengthening further our core areas of progress," he added.

The finance minister also expressed his firm optimism that Bangladesh would become a higher middle income country by 2030 and a prosperous developed country by 2041.

Replying to another question about the outcomes of the recent Road Shows organized by the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) in different countries of the world, Kamal said he personally does not believe that this Road Shows were directly related to the development of the capital market.

But, he believed that these Road Shows have effectiveness as the whole world now do not have the same perception about Bangladesh that they have had earlier.

Kamal said people around the world think that the success of Bangladesh is a miracle, but this is not a miracle, rather it is a reality.

He said earlier Bangladesh could not utilize fully its areas of potentials. "But, now under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been implementing various plans like Five Year Plans, Perspective Plans and Delta Plan 2100. We think that we're in the right path,"

When asked about the proposal from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) for procuring some 3.95 lakh tabs for conducting the next Housing and Population Census although it was not approved in the day's CCGP meeting, Kamal said that the Statistics and Informatics Division has been suggested to resubmit the proposal within 10 days with some more information.

Kamal said that it is taking time to approve the proposal since the government wants to go ahead with the locally made products bearing the "Made in Bangladesh" concept and philosophy.

He said the government wants to give scope to the local companies in this regard for which it is taking some time.

"The two companies (in tender bids) are local ones and we need more information only for a matter of clarity. We don't want to import those products which are produced locally as we want to stand on our own feet," he added.

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