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"Golden opportunity for Myanmar to have an inclusive growth model" - Sir Fazle Hasan Abed at World Economic Forum in Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi

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11 June 2013, Dhaka. BRAC’s founder and chairperson, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed visited Myanmar to attend the World Economic Forum held from 5th- 7th  June, 2013. The forum’s sessions were structured to identify the  lessons of leadership and innovation which are emerging from East Asia,  as the world looks to the region for resilient growth and new models of  regional integration.

On 5th June, Sir Fazle initiated the session Aligning Actors for Inclusive Growth and Development.The  session promoted common goals and activities already underway, and  identified opportunities for coordination and collaboration to create  further positive developments in the country. This session was held in  the presence ofspecial guests, Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairman of the  National League for Democracy (NLD), and Shwe Mann, Speaker of the House  of Representatives of Myanmar. Also in attendance were heads of global  organisations working actively in Myanmar, as well as representatives  from local businesses, civil societies, government and other  stakeholders.  Aung San Suu Kyi thanked him for sharing the Bangladesh  experience and stressed the need for skills development and education  for the people of Myanmar.

On 7th June, Sir Fazle,  sharing the panel with Tony Blair, the Middle East Quartet  Representative, addressed the interactive session titled Chasing the Next Big Idea, which  focused on the dimensions of investing in smart infrastructure for the  future, moving beyond low-cost manufacturing and further up the value  chain.  Sir Fazle stressed the need of focusing on scaling good ideas  rather than generate more new ideas.  Tony Blair also stressed the need  to focus more on enabling innovation and execution of the ideas.

In  an op-ed for the Myanmar Times, Sir Fazle wrote, “The country has the  opportunity to forge its own balance of partnerships and by opening up  to NGOs and industries it can experience more innovations which can  happen to scale”.

During the numerous sessions at the World  Economic Forum, Sir Fazle offered suggestions which can be achieved by  three sectors collaborating together: the government, by setting the  right policies so inclusiveness is maintained; the private sector, which  can create jobs and opportunities; and the social sector, which can  provide the services which are not provided by the other sectors.


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