Population over 16 crore: Muhith
Finance Minister AMA Muhith said on Sunday that country's population is over 16 crore, nearly two crore more than the preliminary estimate of the Bureau of Bangladesh Statistics (BBS).
“Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies is carrying out a sample survey, which will be published in September and the final figure will come after that,” the minister told journalists at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
The Economic Reporters' Forum organised the discussion on budget implementation and challenges.
Reporters raised the issue saying that finding the real figure of population is crucial for successful implementation of the national budget.
“The difference between enumerated figure and final figure is always between 4 and 5 percent. Some 7.5 million expatriates will also be included this time. So the final figure would stand between 16.2 and 16.5 crore,” said Muhith.
When reporters drew his attention to the issue of giving new bank licenses, the finance minister said, it is a political decision and such move will increase competition among the banks.
Replying to another query, Muhith said the Securities and Exchange Commission is working on issuing new shares into the stockmarket soon.