A seminar on Bangladesh Development Performance was held in the CIU Reading Room in January 17, 2015. Chittagong Center for Advanced Studies (CCAS) and Chittagong Independent University (CIU) jointly hosted the seminar titled "Bangladesh - Development Capability and Future Challenges". Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government and economist Professor Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmud was the chief guest while the Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr. Saleh Uddin Ahmed and the Chairman of Policy Research Institute Dr. Zaidee Sattar were the Special Guests at the seminar.
Canadian International Development Agency Director General Dr. Syed Sajjadur Rahman presented the Keynote Paper at the seminar chaired and moderated by Member of the CIU Board of Trustees Syed Mahmudul Haq. CIU pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Irshad Kamal Khan and CCAS Secretary Professor Dr. Shamsul Hossain delivered the Address of Welcome at the seminar conducted by Asst. Professor Dr. Mahmud Hasan.
Delegation of the Europian Union to Bangladesh Trade Adviser Zillul Hye Razi and Chittagong Stock Exchange Chairman and NBR Former Chairman Dr. Md. Abdul Mazid, Dhaka University Economics Department Chairman Professor Md. Ali Taslim, CIU School of Business Asst. Professor Mosleh Uddin Khaled and Dr. Syed Manzur Quader participated in the discussion.
The discussants put emphasis on strong government structure, checking corruption, proper utilisation of internal resources and development of human resources for increasing economic growth and advancement of the country. They underlined the need for establishing good governance in all sectors, maintaining continuity of policy and enhancing efficiency of regularity bodies. They also attached importance to proper utiliZation of Chittagong Port and bringing all the neighboring countries including India, Nepal, China abd Myanmar under transit facilities in the greater interest of the country's economic development. In his keynote paper Dr. Sajjadur Rahman, also a senior fellow of School of International Development and Global Studies at Ottawa University in Canada underscored the need for continuity of democratic process and presence of government of accountability and good governance alongside specific government management for increasing economic growth.