Bangladesh’s Monetary Policy needs comprehensive reforms


Bangladesh’s recent unveiling of its monetary policy has drawn widespread scepticism from economists and experts who argue that it falls short of effectively addressing the escalating inflation crisis.

The central bank’s strategy, described as wielding a sledgehammer, is being criticized for its lack of nuance and over ambition in tackling the intricate challenges within the economic landscape.

In a public discourse organized by a leading daily in Dhaka, experts underscored the inadequacy of relying solely on monetary policy, urging for a more comprehensive approach that integrates fiscal measures and effective market management.

MA Taslim, a professor of economics at the Independent University, Bangladesh, pinpointed the flaws in the central bank’s rigid approach, stating, “The central bank is taking the sledgehammer approach, saying you have to accept this interest rate and you have to trade at this rate even though you don’t want to.”

Taslim highlighted the need for a more flexible and market-oriented strategy to foster positive outcomes.

Experts emphasized the imperative of good governance in the banking sector, calling for the resolution of core issues such as challenges faced by Islamic banks and the imprudent printing of money.


They argue that without addressing these fundamental concerns, any monetary policy adjustments may yield suboptimal results.

The overarching sentiment is clear – Bangladesh’s monetary policy must undergo a significant overhaul. A multi-faceted strategy that not only addresses interest rates but also tackles governance issues, market management, and the root causes of inflation is urgently required.

The potential ramifications on economic growth, investor confidence, and the sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) underline the need for a more nuanced and comprehensive policy response.

The call to action is resounding: Bangladesh’s economic stability and growth depend on a well-calibrated, holistic approach.

The government, in collaboration with the central bank, must undertake urgent reforms that go beyond a one-dimensional focus on interest rates.

Only through such a comprehensive strategy can Bangladesh navigate the current economic challenges and pave the way for a more stable and prosperous future.