Akbar Ali for review after every 6 months

The Daily Star, Bangladesh, July 19, 2009

Former adviser of the caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said the prime minister should evaluate the performance of cabinet every six months, as its expansion is not the only means of achieving the confidence of people.

“I request the prime minister to continue evaluating the activities of the ministers every six months,” he said and added that quality and efficiency of the ministers are needed in this regard.

He was talking to newsmen after speaking as the chief guest at a workshop on ‘Capacity and skills development on competition law and policy in Bangladesh,’ organised by two organisations–Unnayan Shamannay and CUTS International, at a city hotel yesterday afternoon.

Akbar Ali Khan, also the chairman of the Regulatory Reforms Commission, said any reform will not be effective for those institutions where 90 percent officials are corrupt. So, such institutions should be totally reshuffled for ensuring transparency, he added.

Earlier while speaking at the function, he stressed the need for enactment of a competition law and establishment of a competition commission for protecting the interest of consumers, preventing unfair competition and ensuring a healthy business environment in the economy.

Mustafa Mohiuddin, additional secretary of the ministry of commerce, said the government is going to enact a competition law to control or regulate anti-competitive activities and maintain a sustainable competitive environment in the economy.

A proposal has also been placed to establish a competition commission for enforcing the law and also for competition advocacy to maintain a sustainable competitive environment, he said.

Mohiuddin said the ministry of commerce has almost formulated a draft of the proposed act but the main challenge is the enforcement of the law.

Professional expertise as well as awareness of the industries would be prime determinant factors for successful enforcement of the law, he added.

Prof AKM Enamul of United International University, and Udai S Mehta of CUTS International, among others, spoke at the workshop.

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