A M A Muhith

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is an internationally recognized scholar in political economy. He began his career as a civil servant, and held responsible positions in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and with international organisations. He was posted as Economic Counselor in the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC when the Bangladesh Liberation War began in March 1971. This book is therefore edited with insider knowledge and experience. On transferring allegiance to Bangladesh on 30 June 1971, he started the Bangladesh mission in Washington, which was formally established in August when all Bengali diplomats in the USA switched over to Bangladesh. In the postliberation period he was primarily involved in economic diplomacy. He functioned as the first Alternate Executive Director from his country in the World Bank and the first Executive Director in the Asian Development Bank representing Bangladesh and India. He became Chairman of UN ESCAP in 1983, was Rapporteur in the UN TCDC Conference in 1978 and Chairman of Committees in UNESCAP in 1979 and 1981, UN LDC Conference in 1981 and UNCTAD Board in 1984. After working for five years as Secretary, Economic Relations Division in the Government of Bangladesh, he went on voluntary retirement in 1981. Since then he has worked as Minister of Finance and Planning, a Visiting Fellow in Princeton University, and as a Consultant for various international development organizations and a newspaper columnist. He has published a few books, contributed to many anthologies, and written many articles on development, public administration, finance, governance and socio-economic issues.