Bangladesh may have a hard time sustaining its recent 6 percent average growth rate given the country’s current infrastructure and energy deficit, according to the 2010 Bangladesh Economic Update released by the World Bank. The World Bank recommends domestic reforms to address these challenges and encourages Bangladesh to increase trade with its neighboring countries. The government appears to be taking steps to tackle the energy shortage issue. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has encouraged the Korean business community to invest in renewable energy, infrastructure and energy efficiency projects in Bangladesh. The prime minister visited Korea on May 16 to discuss joint cooperation projects with the East Asian country’s political and business leaders.
Meanwhile, news agencies say that thousands of Bangladeshis affected by a strong cyclone in 2009 are still suffering from disease, hunger, lack of safe water and poor sanitation. Aid flow to the most affected regions is spotty. Several residents in these areas said corruption, apathy and mismanagement are among the factors causing the delay in aid delivery, Reuters report.