Monthly Archives: November 2017

Meetings and Conferences

2017

November 17-18, 2017: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

CECFEE Workshop in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque attended the two-day workshop in Udaipur organized by the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi.  The Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE) is dedicated to in-depth economic research and analysis on the interlocking issues of climate change, energy security, environmental protection, and food security in India.  This is the third annual workshop in collaboration with EfD, the Environment for Development Initiative of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  The workshops was attended by researchers from China, Sweden, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh.  

September 21-22, 2017: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Annual General Meeting of the Asian Marketing Federation

Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar (Chairman Marketing Society of Bangladesh), Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and Mr. Ashraf Taj (General Secretary of MSB) attended the Management Board Meeting of the Asian Marketing Federation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The meeting discussed the activities of the AMF for the next 6 months and awarded the Asian Marketing Excellence Award to companies in the member countries.

April 25-26, 2017: Grand Oberoi Hotel, Kolkata

BCIM Economic Corridor: Joint Study Group Meeting 

The Third meeting of the Joint Study Group on developing econonic corridor between Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (Kunming to Kolkata) was held in Kolkata. Delegates from the Governments of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar attended the 2-day discussion meeting. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque was among the three delegates from the Government of Bangladesh.

April 14-16, 2017: Meerut, UP, India

Conference on globalization and well being 

The 3rd international conference on globalization and well being  organized by the Association for Innovative Education and the Departments of Education and Economics of the CCS University was held at the Chaudhury  Charan Singh University in Meerut, India.  Dr Bijay P Barua and Dr A K Enamul Haque attended the conference as international panel speakers.  Dr Haque spoke on the linkages between globalization and happiness using the lens of an environmental economist while Dr. Barua spoke about the linkages on globalization and its effect on indigenous knowledge.

Photo Link  

 

March 17 2017: Le Meridien Hotel, Dhaka

Board of Director’s Meeting of the Asian Marketing Federation

Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Asian Marketing Federation was held in Dhaka on March 17, 2017. Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar (Chair, ACD) and Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque (Executive Director, ACD) attended the meeting with the Marketing Society of Bangladesh. Marketing societies from 10 Asian countries attended the meeting.

March 12-14, 2017: BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka

BIGD-UNDP Training of Officers of the Government of Bangladesh on Implementation of National Plans and SDGs

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) and UNDP have jointly organized a three day training course on Implementation of National Plans and SDGs from 12 to 14 March 2017. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member GED, Planning Commission. Professor A.K. Enamul Haque was one of the key resource persons in the training who provided training on Logical Framework Analysis of Projects with SDGs, Analysis of Project Feasibility using NPV, IRR and BCR and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of projects.  The training is conducted under the Support to Sustainable and Inclusive Planning (SSIP) project of the Government of Bangladesh.

March 2-3, 2017: Central Park Hotel, Bharatpur, Nepal

SANDEE-ACD-IWM Research Inception workshop in Nepal

SANDEE-ACD-IWM organized a research inception workshop in Bharatpur Nepal on their Climate Smart Cities project funded by IDRC, Canada. The meeting is organized by SANDEE and was attended by Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque, Dr. Muntaha Rakib and Ms Nabila Nuzhat Hye from ACD, Dr. Mani Nepal, Dr. E Somanathan, Neesha Pradhan, Dr. Rajesh Rai from SANDEE, NDI Consultants, Ms Ismat Ara Pervin and Md Humayun Karim from IWM along with representatives from Sylhet City Corporation, Bangladesh (Md Ali Akbar) and Bharatpur Sub-Metropolitan City. In the two-day workshop participants discussed strategies to make the research success with help from the city corporations. Participants also visited a TLO in Ward 11 of the Bharatpur city which has been declared as a Green TLO by the City Council. IWM team along with SANDEE team also visited the city council office to understand the drainage system of the city in order to design data collection strategy for a hydrological modeling by IWM.

Feb 17-18, 2017: East West University, Dhaka

International Conference on Knowledge Transfer hosted by the East West Center for Research and Training

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque presented a paper at the two-day International Conference on Knowledge Transfer in its first technical session on “Rapid urbanization and its challenges and opportunities in the context of Bangladesh and abroad”. The session was chaired by Professor Nazrul Islam. Dr Syed A Basher presented the paper on behalf of Dr. Haque, who is currently visiting India to attend another two-day conference on Bangladesh Bhutan India and Nepal’s Motor Vehicle Agreement. 

 

Feb 16-17, 2017: Grand Oberoi Hotel, Kolkata

Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement: Launching meeting on facilitating implementation and stakeholders buy-in in the BBIN region

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque attended the project launching meeting on facilitating implementation and stakeholders buy-in in the BBIN region. The meeting is organized by the CUTS – International in Kolkata and was attended by government officials from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Transportation, civil society groups in the BBIN region. Dr. Haque spoke on “Political Economy Hurdles on Implementation of MVA from Bangladesh Perspectives”. He also chaired a session on Harmomization of regulations. Representatives from Japanese government, DFID, USAID also attended the meeting.  

Jan 11, 2017: Jamuna Conference Room, the World Bank Office, Dhaka

Workshop on Basin Modeling of the Brahmaputra River System

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended a one-day stakeholders workshop organized by the World Bank and the South Asian Water Initiative (SAWI) in Dhaka which are supporting a study on “Basin Modeling of the Brahmaputra River System”.  The study is for a better understanding of the dynamics of the Brahmaputra river basin in Bangladesh.  The study is expected to identify a suite of models and analytical tools that can be used to examine the potential developments and their associated impacts against the backdrop of possible climate change.  The consultation workshop is on “Planning Issues and Model Needs for the Brahmaputra Basin” and is organized by EIMS and RIVERSIDE – who are responsible for completion of the study.

2016

Dec 14-16, 2016: Fishtail Lodge, Pokhara, Nepal

33rd Research and Training Workshop of SANDEE

SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economists) organized its 33rd Research and Training Workshop in Pokhara, Nepal. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque (EWU), Dr Jeff Vincent (Duke Univ), Dr. Subhrendu Patnayak (Duke U), Dr. Pranab Mukhapadhay (Goa Univ), Dr. E Somanathan (ISI, Delhi and SANDEE’s ED), Dr. Mani Nepal (SANDEE), Dr Jean Marie Baland (FUNDP, Belgium), Dr. Priya Shaysundar (WB), Dr. Celine Nauges (Paris) were present at the workshop as Resource Persons. Researchers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Nepal presented their final research report.

Dec 7, 2016: Lake Shore Hotel, Dhaka

BIDS Research Alamnac 2016

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque attended the two-day meet of BIDS research roadshow program in Dhaka as a Panel Discussant in its Technical Session 2 on Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy. Dr. Monzur Hossain and Dr. Mohammad Yunus presented a paper on Subsidy in Solar Home Systems in Bangladesh and Dr. Nazneen Ahmed on Petroleum Import: Experience of Bangladesh. Dr. Mohammad Tamim, Professor of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of BUET, Mr. Zubair K M Sadeque of World Bank, Mr. Mohmood Malik, Executive Director of IDCOL and Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque Professor of Economics of East West University were among the panel of discussants.

Nov 10-11, 2016: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

DPG Round table for Advancing BBIN Cooperation on Energy and Water

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque participated at the roundtable organized by the Asia Foundation and the Delhi Policy Group and presented his thoughts at the roundtable discussion. Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh (Director General, DPG), Ambassador Sanjay Singh (DPG), Ambassador Biren Nanda (DPG), Ambassador Rajeet Mitter (former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh), Professor Enamul Haque (East West University/Asian Center for Development), H.E. Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk (former PM of Bhutan, MP), Lydia Powell (Observer Research Foundation), Dr Govind Raj Pokharel (Inst of Engr. Tribhuwan University), Dr. Debojit Palit (TERI), Dr Shaheen Afroze (BIISS), Dr Lam Dorji (Centre for Env and Soc Studies, Bhutan), Prof Chandan Mahanta (IIT, Guwahati) were present at the roundtable. The objective of the roundtable was to find strategies for activating BBIN for developing cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) on water and energy.

Audio clip of Dr. Haque’s discussion.

October 26, 2016: The Lily Hotel, Guwahati, Assam, India

CUTS’s Consultation meeting on Border Haats and their Socio-Economic Impacts

CUTS International organized a consultation meeting with various stakeholders on Border Haats between Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh and India signed an MOU in 2011 under which 4 Border Haats on the borders between Bangladesh and India. Study shows that local people benefitted from such arrangements and wants to expand it by time and by products. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque, Professor East West University attend the seminar as a panelist. Among others Biswajit Chakrabarty (FICCI), Sabyasachi Dutta (Asian Confluence), representatives from Border Haat Management Committee, Ziaur Rahman (NBR, Bangladesh), and Mr K S Subah (MoC, Govt of India) attended the Seminar.

 Audio of the panel discussion by Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque

October 24, 2016: Guwahati, Assam, India

CUTS and the Asian Foundation Meeting on Expanding Tradable Benefits of Trans-boundary Water

CUTS International along with the Asia Foundation organized a meeting on Expanding Tradable Benefits of Ganga and Brahmaputra basins. In this connection, CUTS invited its partner organizations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal to discuss how promoting navigational use of water of Brhamaputra and Ganga could lead to better social welfare for the people of the region. The discussion was attend by several local and international organizations and academics from Guwahati. UNDP, ICIMOD, IUCN participated in the meeting along with CUTS International and the Asia Foundation. Sobhanlala Bonnerjee (Urban Planner), Dr Abhinandan Saikia (Tata Inst of Soc Science), Sabyashachi Dutta (Asian Confluence), Dr. Mreeshi Agarwala (Assam Inst of Management), Dr. A.K. Enamul Hauqe (Asian Center for Development and East West University), Ramkesh Kumar (UNDP), A S Pillai (the Asia Foundation), Dr. Shahriar Wahid (ICIMOD), Bharat Bhushan Dev Chaudhury (Director, Assam Inland Water Trasport), Mini Bhattacharya Thakur (Guwahati University), Nirmalya Choudhury (Eastern Odyssey), Sushanta Talukdar (Nezine, online magazine), Bipul Bhattarcharjee (CUTS), Govinda Pokharrel (former Exec Direcdtor, IIDS), Mirja Rahman (IIT – Guwahati), Shipa Charan (IELO) were among other who made presentations at the meeting.  The meeting was held at the Lily Hotel, Guwahati.

October 20, 2016: Sylhet, Bangladesh

ACD-Metropolitan University Seminar on the Nexus between Rural Livelihood Sustainability and Climate Vulnerability: A study from the North-Eastern floodplain of Bangladesh

The Department of Economics of the Metropolitan University and the Asian Center for Development organized a seminar of the research findings of HM Tuihedur Rahman, PhD Candidate, McGill University Canada who completed his research with support from the SANDEE-ACD PhD Scholar program. Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Chairman of the Economic Research Group and Professor of Economics Dhaka University attended as a Chief Guest in the seminar. Professor Abdul Munim Joardar PhD and Dr. Muntaha Rakib of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology were the discussants in the seminar. Professor A.K. Enamul Haque (East West University) gave the welcome address on behalf of SANDEE and ACD while Professor Md. Saleh Uddin chaired the seminar. Faculty members of Metropolitan University and students attended the seminar. The seminar can be viewed using the following link.

June 21-22 2016: Colombo, Sri Lanka

IPS Workshop on Climate Information Managment and Agriculture

With agriculure being the most vulnerable due to climate change, the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka arrange a two-day workshop in Colombo from 21-22 June 2016. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque was invited to the workshop to speak on “Climate Information Management and Agricultural Value Chain”.

June 15-18, 2016: Waikkal, Negombo, Sri Lanka

SANDEE Research and Training Workshop (32nd) held in Sri Lanka

The 32nd R&T of SANDEE was held in Sri Lanka. The Workshop was attened by SANDEE secretariat staff, SANDEE Advisors, SANDEE Fellows and SANDEE Grantees. This is the 32nd regular meeting of SANDEE where researchers from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan presented their research progress reports. Dr. E Somanathan, Executive Director SANDEE, Dr Priya Shaymsundar, Dr. Jeff Vincent, Dr. Jean-Marie Baland, Dr Subrendu Patnayak, Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque, Dr. Pranab Mukhapadhay, Dr. Mani Nepal and Dr. Heman Lohano attended the workshop as Resource Persons.

March 11-12, 2016: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

AMF Governing Body Meeting in Cambodia

Dr Syed Ferhat Anwar, Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and Mr. Ashraf Taj attended the Board meeting of the Asian Marketing Federation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The Meeting was attended by members of the Federation from 14 countries of Asia.  The meeting deliberated on the drafting a new Constitution of AMF and also discussed  The Certificate of Professional Marketeers (CPM).  In addition, Mongolia and Myanmar became the full member of the Federation at the Conference.

February 20, 2016: BRAC Inn, Dhaka

SANEM Annual Economists’ Conference 2016 in Dhaka

The South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM) organized its annual conference of economists in Dhaka.  The one-day meet was divided into  4 technical sessions and 3 non-technical sessions.  SANEM Launched its book on Structural Change and Dynamics of Labor Markets in Bangladesh in one of the session.  The conference was attended by Economists from Bangladesh and Abroad.  Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque Director of the Asian Center for Development and Professor of Economics attended the conference.

February 11, 2016: BRAC Inn, Dhaka

Copenhagen Consensus Center’s seminar on Bangladesh Priorities held with RED, BRAC.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center organized a half day seminar on Bangladesh Priorities – Smart Solutions for Bangladesh at the BRAC Center Inn. Dr. Brad Wong, Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager conducted the seminar where Dr. Alexunder Golub presented a paper on Short and long run climate adaptation strategies for Bangladesh, and Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque presented a paper on Distributed Solar – a Cost Benefit Analysis.

January 23, 2016: BARC Auditorium, Dhaka

Keynote Speech at BAEA’s Biannual Conferencein Dhaka

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and Dr. Zahurul Karim presented a paper on “Convergence of Policies and Programs for Sustainable and Climate Resilience Agriculture” at the Bi-annual Conference of the Bangladesh Agricultural Economists’ Association on January 23, 2016.  Professor Shamsul Alam PhD, Member of the General Economic Division of the Planning Commission presided over the session.  Begum Matia Choudhury Minister for Agriculture of the Government of Bangladesh attended the session as a Chief Guest.

BAEA 2016 Presentation  News Coverage On Prothom Alo News Clipping

 

January 8, 2016: Ettimadai, Coimbatore

PhD Students’ Seminar on Climate Change, Natural Resource Management and Sustainability at Amrita University

Amrita School of Business at the Amrita University orgnized a seminar series on “Climate Change, Natural Resource Management and Sustainability” today. Four research topics were introduced to the students of ASB. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque, Professor of Economics, East West University chaired the sessions. Dr. Chandra Kiran BK (Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm) presented a paper on “Issues in the Economics of Climate Change”. HIs presentation was followed by a paper on “Transitions in Institutions of gold mining in the Nilgiri-Wayanand region of India since the early 19th Century: a property rights perspective”. This was presented by Professor Amalendu Jyotishi, a SANDEE research grantee and Director PhD program of ASB, Coimbatore; Dr. ArchanaPatankar presented a paper on “Economy, Society and Climate Change: a multidisciplinary perspective”. Dr Patankar is an independent consultant working on environment and climate change in Bangaluru. Dr. Sushanta Mahapatra of the Amrita School of Business from Kochi Campus presented a paper on “Climate Change, Vulnerability and Agrarian Communities – insights from the Indian States of Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka”.  The Seminar is designed to update the PhD Students of ASB on contemporary research topics and methods.

January 3-8, 2016: Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque taught a course on Research Methodology for PhD Scholars in Business at the Amrita University, Comibatore, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the three courses offered to first year PhD students at the Amrita University. Amrita Business School at Coimbatore is a AACSB accredited (Business and Accounting) institution in India.

January 2, 2016: Mumbai, Maharastra, India

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque (East West University and ACD), Dr. Ullash Karanth (Bangalore) and Dr. Aseem Srivastava (Delhi) recorded a conversation on SynTalk on “the Revaluation of Nature” for an hour. Much of their discussion centered around, “What are tigers worth? Why is diamond more valuable than water? What is Nature’s role in economic value? Is non-use value also a part of total value? Is valuation always the same as measurement in terms of money? Is value fundamentally a (human) welfare concept? What is the implication of Nature not being ‘in the market’? Does Nature include the moon? How did water and land come to be commoditized? Would it be a mistake to give a value to (say) Sundarbans? What is Nature, & how have our interrelationships changed historically? What does conservation involve? Is nature conservation just a small part of environmentalism? Are both preservation as well as resource management a possibility? Can bringing in the future continuously into our conception help correct the use of resources? Might a time return when water might not have a market? Do we (always) ‘Bring out number, weight, & measure in a year of dearth’? Must the economy (once again) become a subset of society? Is ‘man the measure of all things’? Are we capable of something much greater than anthropocentrism? Should we be optimistic? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from economics (Prof. A. K. Enamul Haque, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh), conservation studies (Dr. Ullas Karanth, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bangalore), & philosophy and economics (Dr. Aseem Shrivastava, New Delhi).”  Audio Link

2015

December 30, 2015: Amrita Business School, Kochi, Kerala India

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque spoke on “Business Research Methods” to MBA students of the Amrita Business Schoo, Kochi campus, Kerala. Dr. Sunanda Muralidharan, Chairperson of the B-School at Kochi Campus of Amrtia University, Dr. Sushanta Kumar Mahapatra, Associate Professor, Dr. Vivek Menon, and Dr. Indira Devi, Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics of Kerala Agricultural University , Thrissur, Kearla, were present at the seminar. Photolnink

December 26, 2015: Indian Institute of Social and Economic Change, Banglalore, India

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque spoke on “Research on Environmental Economics” to the PhD Scholars of ISEC. Dr. S Madheswaran, Professor of the Center for Economic Studies and Policy (CESP) introduced the Speaker among the Students. Dr. Desh Pandey, former Director of ISEC was present at the seminar

December 10-13, 2015: Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu

SANDEE’s 31st Biannual Research and Training Workshop was held in Gokarna Forest Resort, in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 10 – 13, 2015. SANDEE’s research associates presented their final and progress reports during this workshop. Dr. Jeff Vincent (Duke University), Dr. Subhrendu Patnaik (Duke University), Dr. Priya Shyamsundar (former Executive Director, SANDEE), Dr. Celine Nauges (Paris), Dr. Jean Marie Baland (Belgium), Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque (EWU/ACD, Dhaka), Dr. E Somanathan (Executive Director, SANDEE), Dr. Pranab Mukhapadhay (Goa University), Dr. Santadas Ghosh (Vishwa Varti University). Professor David Zilberman (Unversity of California at Barkley), Dr. Mushfiq Mubarak (Yale University) presented keynote speeches. see details

November 16, 2015: Metropolitan University, Sylhet

ACD-SANDEE PhD Scholar’s Seminar in Sylhet

H M Tuihedur Rahman, ACD-SANDEE PhD Scholar is presenting a seminar on “Livelihood Vulnerability and Resilience to Climatic Stresses: A Study of the North-Eastern Flood Plain Communities of Bangladesh” at the Metropolitan University, Sylhet on 16 November 2015 from 3:30-5:30pm.

Tuihedur Rahman is currently doing his PhD in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences in McGill Univeristy, Canada. Dr Belal Ahmad, Department of Forestry, SUST and Dr. Muntaha Rakib, Department of Economics, SUST will be discussing the research paper.

Professor Md. Saleh Uddin, Vice Chancellor of the Metropolitan University and Chairperson of the Asian Center for Development will be present as the Chief Guest.  Dr A.K. Enamul Haque, Director, ACD and Professor of Economics, East West University was present in the seminar.

October 7-10, 2015: Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr Syed Ferhat Anwar, Director, Asian Center for Development and Professor, Institute of Business Administration, DU,  and Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended Board meeting of the Asian Marketing Federation in Jakarta.  They also attend the ASEAN Marketing Summit 2015.  Dr. Anwar was the Chair of the Judge Committee for awarding the Asian Marketing Award.  Professor Philip Kotler was the Chief Guest at the award ceremony.

September 28-30, 2015: New Delhi, India

Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice South Asia Region – Regional Meeting of the World Bank

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque has been invited to the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice – South Asia Region meeting hosted by the World Bank as a member of a prominent environmental personalities to discuss key global and regional environmental priorities in the Taj Mahal Hotel (Long Champ Hall). Other panel members are Dr. Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, India, Mr. Pawan Agarwal, President, Corporate Finance, YES Bank, India. Mr. Ashok Lavassa, Secretary, Ministry of Environment,Forests, and Climate Change, Government of India gave the keynote address in the meeting.

July 29-30,2015: Dhaka Bangladesh

Research Findings Dissemination Workshop at IUCN Bangladesh

A two-day workshop was held in Dhaka by IUCN Bangladesh and Asian Center for Development to review and disseminate the results of the research findings on mangrove and coastal ecosystems on 29-30 July 2015. The first day of the workshop was held at the Insight Institute of Learning where Mentors and Research Teams discussed and fine-tuned the research findings. Dr. Saudamini Das of IEG, University of Delhi and Dr. Santadas Ghosh of Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, India.
The second day of the workshop was held at the BRAC Centre Inn and was inaugurated by Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of Bangladesh and Md. Yunus Ali Chief Conservation of Forests chaired the concluding session.  Mr Mihir Kanti Majumdar, Chairman, Polli Sanchay Bank was the Cheif Guest.
Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque presented the summary of research findings of the three research papers. Dr. Ziaul Haider of Khulna University, Suzana Karim of Dhaka Univeristy and Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman of Chittagong University presented detailed research findings in the workshop.

July 4-11, 2015: Colombo, Sri Lanka

SANDEE SUMMER SCHOOL IN ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque joined a core team of faculty members in SANDEE to teach a week-long course on Environmental and Resource Economics.  Faculty members in the course are: Sir Partha Dasgupta (University of Cambridge), Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque (East West University), Dr. Subhrendu Pattanayak (Duke University), and Dr Mani Nepal (Sr Environmental Economist, SANDEE).  The course is attended by 24 academics and researchers on Environmental and Resource Economics from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 

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June 29-July 3, 2015: Colombo, Sri Lanka

SANDEE’s 30th Research and Training Workshop in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the 30th Research and Training Workshop organized by the Institute of Policy Studies and SANDEE in Sri Lanka from June 29 to July 3, 2015.  SANDEE organizes such workshops twice in a year to host competition for research grants on Environmental and Resource Economics for researchers in South Asia.  Dr. Jefferey Vincent (Duke University), Dr. E Somanathan (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi), Dr. Celine Nauges (Toulouse School of Economics, France), Dr. A.K Enamul Haque (EWU and Asian Center for Development), Dr. Pranab Mukhopadhaya (Goa University), Dr. Jean Marie Baland (University de Namur, Belgium) and Dr. Priya Shaymsundar (SANDEE) attended the workshop as Advisors.

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SANDEE organises two research and training workshops in a year which are focused on grant-related training. At these meetings, new grant proposals are considered, existing and continuing research grants are reviewed and advanced training programmes are organised. Interspersed with formal and informal meeting sessions these meetings provide an opportunity to researchers and advisors to sit together and work through details of research issues raised by each participant.

 

June 17, 2015: Dhaka

1st Webinar on Review of the Research Findings: Economics of Mangrove and Coastal Ecosystem Services held in Dhaka by ACD

The Asian Center for Development has successfully launched the first webinar to review research findings on Economics of Mangrove and Coastal Ecosystem Services.  The Webinar was attended by resource persons from India and Bangkok as well as it was attended by 20+ individuals from Bangladesh. The Webinar was held at the Conference room of Unnayan Shamannay, Dhaka.  The Center organized this webinar to reduce its carbon footprint.  Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque supervised the webinar for ACD and was supported by Ontiq Dey and Rajib Humayun.

June 1-4, 2015: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mangroves and Climate Change Component Review Workshop

Dr AK Enamul Haque attended the review workshop of the Mangrove for the Future program of IUCN which is working in Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh with support from DANIDA to develop Coastal resilience building for the people living in these countries.   IUCN  Bangladesh has been working in Satkhira district in Bangladesh through small grant facilities with local partner NGOs and developed drinking water sources, restored mangroves, involved local government institutions and local communities to protect the Ecosytem in Coastal areas.   Asian Center for Development under the leadership of Dr Haque has been mentoring three research studies for IUCN.

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May 24-28, 2015: BCDM Savar, Dhaka

Research and Writing Workshop in Environment and Resource Economics

ACD and SANDEE organized a Research and Writing Workshop on Environmental and Resource Economics for researchers working on Economics of Climate Change, Conservation of Nature and on Energy Economics.  The 5-day workshop discussed proposals related to Solar powered homes, Solar pumps, mangroves, Waste management and economics of Haor ecosystems, Dr A. K, Enamul Haque, Dr Sandamini Das (IEG, New Delhi), Dr Mani Nepal (SANDEE). Dr Ziaul Haider(Khulna University) and Dr. Heman Lohano(SANDEE) Were resource persons at the Workshop.

April 30, 2015: Hotel Metropolitan, New Delhi, India

Dissemination meeting on trade knowledge sharing in HYV rice seeds between India and Bangladesh

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque led a team from Unnayan Shamannay and participated in the Dissemination and Advocacy Meeting on Trade and Knowledge Sharing in HYV Rice Seeds Scope for Agricultural Cooperation between Bangladesh and India.  Team members include Dr. Mahfuz Kabir from BIISS and Shaheenul Alam, Project Coordinator of Unnayan Shamannay.  The meeting is arranged to disseminate and advocate key messages on trade and knowledge sharing betweenBangladesh and India in high yielding variety rice seeds and to discuss larger aspects of agricultural cooperation between Bangladesh and India.

In his welcome speech Mr Bipul Chatterjee informed the audience about RISTE project and how it has contributed towards developing an understanding on Rice Seed Trade and helped easing the barriers to trade.   Dr Haque who led the team at Unnayan Shamannay told that this is a unique opportunity for them to ‘harvest’ their research output as it has led both governments to consider formal seed trading between them.  It will help farmers to increase yield.

RTV Program on Bangladesh-India Rice Seed Trade

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April 30, 2015: Hotel Metropolitan, New Delhi, India

Project Adivisory Meeting

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the meeting of the Project Advisory Committee on Trade and Knowledge Sharing in HYV Rice Seeds- Scope for Agricultural Cooperation between Bangladesh and India, at the Hotel Metropolitan, New Delhi, on 30th April 2015.  The meeting discussed issues related to Research Project on Rice Seed Trading between India and Bangladesh jointly conducted by the Research Team at Unnayan Shamannay in Bangladesh and CUTS, India. Professor Haque led the Research Team at Unnayan Shamannay.  The research project is sponsored by CUTS, International with support from Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation.

April 10, 2015: Friday, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Dhaka

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque gave lecture on Green GDP : Concepts and Methods

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque was invited by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statisics to give lecture in the training program organized for its senior officers to discuss concepts and methods of Green GDP. BBS organized this one day traning program highlighting Green GDP issues and data collection on climate change issues. Dr. M Asaduzzaman gave the lecture on climate issues.

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April 1 2015: Dhaka LGED-RDEC Conference Room 

Workshop on Climate Vulnerability Assessment of Bangladesh

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended a workshop on Climate Vulnerability Index of Bangladesh organized by the Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD). The Workshop was held at the LGED RDEC Conference Room, LGED Bhaban Dhaka. Mr Md Raisul Alam Mondal, Director General, Department of Environment was the Chief Guest at the workshop while Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) preside over the workshop.

Keynote paper at the workshop was presented by Dr. M Asaduzzaman who led the study team along with Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and Mr. Md Shamsuddoha of CPRD. Dr. Haque also facilitated the open discussion session of the workshop. Among others, DR Bjoern Surborg, Prinicipal Adviser of the Climate Change Governance Project of GIZ, Bangladesh spoke at the workshop.

February 24-25 2015: Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo

Workshop on Economics of Mangrove and Coastal Ecosystem Services in Sri Lanka

The Asian Center for Dhaka, South Asian Network for Environment and Development Economics and Mangrove for Future organized a two day workshop on the Economics of Mangrove and Coastal Ecosystem Services at a local hotel in Colombo from today (24 February 2015). The workshop is held on 24 and 25 February, 2015. The Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka Mr Ananda Malawatantri, SANDEE Advisor and CEO of Asian Center for Development Dr. A.K Enamul Haque and Raquibul Amin from Mangrove for the Future (of IUCN Regional Office in Bangkok) were present at the inaugural session. At the plenary session Dr. Santadas Ghosh from Visha Bharti spoke on mangrove ecosystems and livelihood issues, and Dr. Saudamini Das from IEG, Delhi spoke on the Economics of regenerated mangroves in Gujraat. Participants from Maldives, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and from Sri Lanka were present at the workshop. Dr. Zaiul Haider, M Zakir Hossain Khan, Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman and Ms Suzana Karim presented their research proposal after the plenary session.

Feb 15, 2015: Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka –

Seminar on Opportunities of Canadian Agriculture in Bangladesh at the Showcase Canada 2015 program

The Canadian High Commission in Dhaka organized a seminar on Opportunities of Canadian Agriculture in Bangladesh. Dr A.K. Enamul Haque was a keynote speaker at the Seminar. In their research Dr Haque and Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar of IBA informed the group that in three product groups Canada has been a stable supplier of products to Bangladesh. These are in cereal products, oilseeds and in vegetable and other edibles. However, Canadian export to Bangladesh in these products could not keep pace with the growth of imports in these products into Bangladesh except for oilseeds. His Excellency Benoit-Pierre Laramee, the High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh was present at the seminar.

 

Showcase Canada 2015 Seminar
Canadian High Commissioner

Feb 10-12, 2015 – Research Communication Workshop

SANDEE arranged a workshop on Communication for Researchers of South Asian who are working on Environment, Climate Change and Resource issues.  The Workshop was led by Owen Gaffney, and Ninad Bondre of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program of Global Change in Sweden, Saleem Shaikh from Pakistan , Ramesh Bhusal from Nepal and Abhaya Kumar from India.

Attending SANDEE Workshop on Communicating Research
Ninad explaining 'writing rules for technical papers'
Researchers at the Workshop
Ninad on writing absracts
Owen on 'Title of the papers'
Participants and Resource Persons at the Research Communication Writeshop

Feb 6-9, 2015 – SANDEE Winter School – Writeshop on Research Method

SMIANDEE organized a writeshop on Writing Research Report on Environmental and Resource Economics where Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque was a Resource Person.   Other resource persons are Dr Priya Shyamsundar, Dr. Mani Nepal and Dr. Heman D Lohano from SANDEE.  The Writeshop is attended by researchers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  Link to SANDEE website

Participants and Resource Persons at the Writeshop on Research Methods
Mani eating! chocolate!
Writeshop discussion by Rajesh
Priya and Heman with Waseem
Priya and Enamul Haque with Bhutanese researchers from the Royal University of Bhutan
Priya - peeling chocolate!
Hills and Hiltops
A dream land in Nepal
writing is hard!
Mani Nepal
Anuradha Kafle
Heman Lohano and Rajesh

Dec 22, 2014 – National Consultation Meeting on Ecosystem Services of Teesta River

IUCN, Bangladesh and the Asian Center for Development organized a National Consultation meeting with experts on the findings of the study on valuing the Teesta River’s ecosystem services.   The study was led by Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and other members of the team are: Dipankar Aich, Estiaque Bari, M Abu Abdullah Diyan and Rizwana Subhani.  Dr. M Asaduzzaman, Professorial Fellow of BIDS chaired the session and led the discussion.  Among others present in the meeting were from Department of Water Resources, and Dr. Minhaj Mahmud of BRAC Institute of Governance Studies.  The meeting was held at the Insight Institute of Learning  The draft value shows that each year Teesta is losing nearly 200 crore BDT value due to shortage of water.

National Consultation on Valuing Ecosystem Services

June 11, 2014: Training of Enumerators for the Social Impact Survey on Garments Industry

Asian Center for Development has conducted a whole-day training workshop on the selected enumerators to conduct a randomized survey on workers in the Garments Industry in Bangladesh.  The training took place at Room 301 of the Insight Institute of Learning, Dhaka Bangladesh.  200 garments factories (randomly chosen from the list of members of BGMEA members will be involved in the survey from where 1000 employees of all grades of workers will be surveyed in June-July.  The survey will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh and is expected to create an open access data set for researchers on the garment industry of Bangladesh.

May 18-22 2014: Asian Institute of Technology

Teaching at the Summer School in Environment and Resource Economics organised by SANDEE and AIT at the AIT Conference Center, Pathumthani, Thailand. (A.K. Enamul Haque)

Teaching a) Non-Market Valuation and CBA, b) Travel Cost Method, c) Hedonic Pricing Method, d) Stated Preference Method (CVM), e) Discrete Choice Modeling  and RUM and f) Productivity Change and Value of Health Impacts to 25 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

May 15-16 2014: Kathmandu, Nepal 

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attending the Strategic Partnership Workshop on Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) sponsored by CUTS-International and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Government of Australia.  Participating countries are: India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

 

 

Public and Social Services

Recent public and social service engagements of Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque

2017

November 9-11, 2017: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

5th Biennial Conference on Competition, Regulation and Development

CUTS-CIRC 5th Biennial Conference on Competition, Regulation and Development to be held on 09-11 November 2017 in Jaipur.  Distinguished speakers from Australia, Africa, Europe and Asia participated in the meeting,  Dr. Haque was invited to speak in a panel on Digital Payments: Innovation in Regulation to Manage Disruption.  Dr Atiur Rahman, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank chaired the session.  Other panelists were Amol Kulkarni, Fellow, CUTS International; Ravinder S. Aurora, Executive Director, Mastercard; Kailas Karthikeyan, Policy Consultant, Gestalt Consulting; Sanjay Khan Nagra, Senior Associate, Khaitan & Co.; Sumita Kale, Research lead, Indicus Centre for Financial Inclusion; Srikanth Lakshmanan, Founder, Cashless Consumer;  David Ong’olo, Chairman, Competition Authority of Kenya;  and Ashish Aggarwal, Consultant, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.  

October 15, 2017: Dhaka

Roundtable Discussion on Advancing BBIN Sub-Regional Cooperation

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque was invited to speak on Energy and Water Resource Management issues in the Roundtable Discussion on “Advancing Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) sub-regional cooperation” in a two-day meeting organized by the Delhi Policy Group (DPG) in Dhaka today. The meeting was attended by a close group of experts. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh H E Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister spoke in the round-table as special guest.

September 30, 2017: Dhaka

ERG AGM and the Governing Body Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Economic Research Group was held at the ERG Conference Room today with Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud in the Chair. Others present at the meeting were Dr. Sajjad Zohir, Executive Director, Dr Helaluddin (Treasurer), Dr Ainun Nishat, Dr A.K. Enamul Haque, Dr Minhaj Mahmud and Dr Atonu Rabbani.

 

September 23, 2017: Corporate Hotel and Convention Center Resort, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Introductory CBA course for Ministry of Finance of the Government of Mongolia

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque taught a short course on Cost Benefit Analysis for the staff members of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Mongolia. In the daylong course he introduced the techniques of doing CBA for decision making to select investment projects for the Government of Mongolia. DG Ministry of Finance was present at the meeting.

July 14-16, 2017: Nascent Gardenia, Dhaka

SPIMS Training program on Cost Benefit Analysis with LFA

Max van der Sleen (Netherlands), Ichiro Ocumura (Japan) and A.K. Enamul Haque (Bangladesh) taught a 3-day TOT for the Planning Commission of the Bangladesh on how to do Cost Benefit Analysis with Logical Framework Analysis. The training is funded by JICA for developing skills within the Ministry of Planning on project design, implementation and evaluation.

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July 14, 2017: Hotel Greenwich Village, Kathmandu, Nepal
 
Ganga Basin Policy Dialogue on “Expanding tradable benefits of trans-boundary water: Promoting navigational usage of Inland Waterways among BBIN countries”
 
CUTS International, along with its country strategic partners as a part of implementing a project titled ‘Expanding tradable benefits of trans-boundary water: Promoting navigational usage of inland waterways in Ganga and Brahmaputra basins’ to contribute to improving institutions for inland waterways governance with particular emphasis on transport connectivity and livelihood in the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) region has arranged Dialogue to present findings from the country-specific diagnostic studies conducted in Ganga Basin (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) and to promote alternative policy discourses for bringing in the upper and lower riparian (including trans-boundary) concerns. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque, Commodore Mozammel Haque (Chair, BIWTA), Mr. Shashi Bhusan Shukla (Secretary, IWAI) were among the discussants in the meeting.  Unnayan Shamannay, SWATEE, CUTS International, Ministry of Inland Water Authorities of Bangladesh and India, were present at the discussion.
 
 May 30-31, 2017: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Consultation on Sustainable Development of Navigation and Fisheries Resources

The second Bangladesh-India joint consultation meetiong on sustainable development of navigation and fisheries resources was held at the Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS) in Kolkata. Researchers, NGOs, and Private sector participants discussed possible options to promote inland water navigation and fisheries resource management. Participants agreed that there exists tremendous opportunities for promotion of cultural and nature based tourism using rivers between Bangladesh and India (from Assam to Kolkata) and that the future of navigation is much bigger that currently thought by many. This is because as the economies are becoming bigger and bigger the demand for bulk transportation will increase and for this there no better and sustainable strategy than using inland water.

May 21, 2017: Guwahati, Assam, India

NEMCARE Super Hospital Opened in Guwahati, Assam, India

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque was invited as a Guest of Honor at the inaugural function of the NEMCARE Hearth Institute and Research Centre in Guwahati, India. The State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Finance, Education, Forest , and Planning & Development Dr. Himanata Biswa Sarma inaugurated the hospital – a super hospital in Guwahati. The hospital has excellent services for dealing with heart patients, cancer patients and other health related issues.

April 28, 2017: Nascent Gardenia, Dhaka

SPIMS Training program on Cost Benefit Analysis

Programming Division of the Planning Commission organised a 5-day training program on protect design with support from JICA.  Officers of the Ministry of Planning and from planning cells in line ministry participated in the training program.  Max van der Sleen, Ryuji Kasahara, Mami Sato, Ichiro Ocumura and A.K. Enamul Haque were the resource persons at the training.  The training covered designing LFA for a project with cost Benefit Analysis. The five day course began on today and will end on 6th May.

April 18, 2017: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Dhaka

Discussion on developing Bangladesh Framework for Development of Environment Statistics (BFDES)

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque led the discussion in Session 5 of the Workshop with key stakeholders of developing the Framework for Development of Environment Statistics at the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. The session was on “Environmental Conditions and Quality: Physical Conditions, Land Cover, Ecosystems and Biodiversity”.  Focal points from various agencies were engaged to develop the indicators for it. The session was sponsored by the Environment Statistics Cell of the BBS.  The session was conducted to finalize the BFDES based on UNSTAT guidelines, availability of data and relevance in the context of Bangladesh.  It is to be noted that Dr Haque was involved in developing the first BFDES and the Bangladesh Enviornmental Compendium in 1997 for the Bureau of Statistics.

April 11, 2017: BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Roundtable on Facilitating Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal Region

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque was invited to chair a session in this roundtable discussion organized by BIMSTEC Secretariat and CUTS International. The session was on Integrating Land Corridors with other modes of Connectivity in Bay of Bengal Region. Panel speakers in the session were: Samitha Mohan Perera, Vice President, Far Shipping Agency Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.; Syed Monowar Hussain, Former Director, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority; Admiral Dr Jayantha Colombage, Director centre for Indo Lanka Initiatives, Pathfinder Foundation; and Sudip Dey, Secretary, Calcutta Customs House Agent Association, India.

The session highlighted the need to integrate land connectivity with sea and river transportation in order to make the border trade of goods and services more efficient between BIMSTEC countries. Speakers also suggested easing of visa rules and introduction of river-basin based cross-border tourism in order to make it more people friendly.

April 11, 2017 – Center on Budget and Policy, Dhaka University

Lecture on Environmental Valuation and Ecosystem Services

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque gave a lecture on Environmental Valuation in Project Analysis and Valuation of Ecosystem Services at the FAO sponsored training program on Financial and Economic Analysis of Projects for Government Officers from the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of Bangladesh. The program is organized by the Centre on Budget and Policy of the Department of Development Studies of Dhaka University.

March 27-31, 2017 – Club Himalayan Resort, Nagorkot, Nepal

SANDEE Winter School in Research Methods for Environment and Resource Economists

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the Winter School in Research Methods training program for Resource and Environmental Economists from South Asian Countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, , India, Pakistan and Bhutan) as a resource person. In this regular winter school organized by SANDEE, researchers presented their research findings and learned about research methods and report writing skills. Dr. E Somanathan (SANDEE, Executive Director), Dr. Mani Nepal (Sr Environmental Economist, SANDEE), Dr Pranab Mukhapadhya (Goa University), and Dr Heman Lohano (IBA, Karachi University) were also present as resource persons. SANDEE researchers Dr. Amalendu Jyotishi (India), Shamen Prabhath Vidanage (Sri Lanka), Manjula Menon (India), Dr. Adiqa Kauser Kiani (Pakistan), Sariful Islam (Bangladesh), Tsering Thinley (Bhutan), Dr. Sajid Amin Javed (Pakistan), and Dr Upasana Sarma (India) attended the workshop and presented their research findings.

March 21, 2017: National Academy for Planning and Development, Dhaka

Lecture on Overview of Bangladesh Economy

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque gave a public lecture to the Diploma in Development Economics students of the NAPD at 6:15pm. The lecture was part of their curriculum on Development Economics and Dr Haque provided a brief overview of Bangladesh Economy – its prospects for the future.

January 11, 2017 – Jamuna Conference Hall, the World Bank Office, Dhaka

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque attended a Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on Brahmaputra Basin

Dr. Haque attended a one-day stakeholder consultation meeting at the Dhaka Office of the World Bank. The meeting was iniitiated jointly by South Asian Water Initiative (SAWI) and the World Bank in the Dhaka office. EIMS and RIVERSIDE faciliateted the consultation where the stakeholders provided input in designing a Brahmaputra Basin water model for understanding impacts.

2016

Dec 12, 2016 – Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr A.K. Enamul Haque elected to the SANDEE Management Committee

Sir Partha Dasgupta, Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and Dr. Priya Shaysundar are elected as members of the Management and Advisory Committee (MAC) of SANDEE for a period of 3 years from January 2017. Dr Haque replaced Syeda Rizwana Hasan of BELA whose term ended after a 6 year period in the MAC of SANDEE. The new Committee also elected Sir Partha Dasgupta as the next President of MAC of SANDEE.  The new MAC of SANDEE consists of Sir Partha Dasgupta (Chair), David Molden (DG, ICIMOD), Dr. Adil Najam (Purdue Univ), Dr. E Somanathan (Exec Director, SANDEE), Dr. Priya Shaysundar (Washington), Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque (EWU, Bangladesh), Dr. Bhim Adhikari (IDRC, Canada), and Dr. AnnaKarin Norling (SIDA, Bangkok) 

SANDEE is a regional network of Environmental Economists which was established by Sir Partha Dasgupta and Professor Karl Goran Malor in 1999.  Dr. Priya Shaymsundar was its first Executive Director.  Its main goal is to build the professional skills required to enable South Asians to address local and global environmental concerns.  SANDEE works in seven countries in South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  SANDEE is currently hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal and was previously based at IUCN-the World Conservation Union, Nepal.

July 29, Hotel Metropolitan, New Delhi

Sustainable Development in South Asia: Exploring Transboundary Cooperation in Agriculture, Energy and Water – workshop by CUTS

Dr A.K.Enamul Haque was invited by CUTS International to attend a one-day workshop as a panel speaker in their workshop on Transboundary Cooperation in Agricultura, Energy and Water issues between BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) countries.  The following individuals were in the panels

Agriculture Issues
R K Singh, Executive Director, Nand Educational Foundation for Rural
Development, Lucknow, Binai Lama, Senior Advisor, SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation), Bhutan; Usman Mustafa, Professor/Head, Department of Business Studies, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Pakistan
Water Issues
Archana Chatterjee, National Coordinator, International Union for Conservation of Nature, New Delhi; Mandakini Surie, Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation
Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi, Programme Director, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, Nepal; Dr. Enamul Haque, Professor, East West University, Bangladesh
Energy Issues
Mahendra P Lama, Pro Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open
University; Mollah Amzad Hossain, Editor, Energy & Power, Bangladesh;
Sucha Singh Gill, Professor, South Asia, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh; Barun Barpujari, Former Executive Director, Digboi Refinery, Assam

Mentoring PhD Students at AMRITA School of Business

June 6-14, 2016, Amrita Business School, Coimbatore, TN, India

Dr. A.K Enamul Haque visited the Amrita School of Business at the Amrita University, Ettimedai, Coimbatore, TN, India to mentor PhD students in the School of Business. He was there from 6-14 June, 2016. During the trip Dr. Haque also met Dr. Janat Sathaye of the University of California at Berkeley. He is one of the lead contributor to the IPCC Report which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dr. Sataye is aldo the Found of the International Energy Studies Group and a Senior Scientist and Stategic Advisor of the Lawrence Barkeley National Laboratory.

SANDEE- Summer School in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

9 – 26 May, 2015, AIT CC, Thailand

Professor A.K. Enamul Haque is currently in AIT, Bangkok to teach at the Summer School of SANDEE. SANDEE Summer school is a three-week course on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics that covers issues in natural resource management, environmental economics, sustainable development, and climate change. The natural resource management module focuses on renewable resources, such as fisheries, forestry, and nonrenewable resources. Environmental economics module covers issues such as externalities and market failures, non market valuation of environmental goods and environmental damage assessment, energy and climate change, sustainability and green accounting, common property resources and institutions. Participants are exposed to theoretical issues and economic tools for analyzing environmental and resource problems in developing countries. Modules The course is divided into six different modules.
Module one is a review of optimization (static and dynamic) and mathematical tools (differential and integral calculus) that are frequently used in resource and environmental economics.
Module two is on natural resource economics (non-renewable, fisheries and forestry).
Module three will cover special topics in environmental economics, such as, welfare measurement and inclusive national accounts, externalities, property rights and institutions, common property resources, and fertility behavior and gender.
Module four will cover panel data econometrics, causal inferences in energy and environmental economics, and the economics of climate change.
Module five will focus on non-market valuation techniques for valuing environmental goods and services.
Module six will cover empirical environmental economics with hand-on training on statistical software STATA that will be used for doing different assignments, for doing empirical paper presentation and research.

During the workshop, participants are expected to develop a research concept note and present at the end of the course. Last two days of the summer school are exclusively devoted to research concept notes presentation by the participants. In addition, researchers will review and present various empirical papers intermittently throughout the workshop. From these sessions, participants will learn how to do empirical research on their own.
Mani Nepal (Senior Environmental Economist at SANDEE) is the Course Director and Anuradha Kafle (Researchand Communication officer at SANDEE) is the Course Co-Ordinator.

Core teaching faculty for the course includes  Prof. Maximilian Auffhammer (UC Berkeley, USA),  Prof. Sir Partha Dasgupta (U of Cambridge, UK), Prof. A.K.Enamul Haque (East West University, Bangladesh), Dr. Mani Nepal (SANDEE), Prof. E. Somanathan (SANDEE & ISI, Delhi), and Prof. Jeff R.Vincent (Duke University, USA).

March 29, 2016: BICC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Panelist at the TI, Bangladesh’s Conference on Climate Adaptation Finance

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the Transparency International, Bangladesh’s Global Conference on Climate Adaptation Finance held in Dhaka on March 29, 2016.  He was one of the Panelist on Climate Adaptation Finance – Challenges for Developing Countries.  The panel discussion was chaired by Dr. Atiq Rahman, BCAS; Other panelists include Dr Mizan R Khan (NSU) and Dr. Bjoern Surborg of GIZ, Dhaka.

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March 27, 2016: NBR Auditorium Dhaka

Meeting with NBR Chief on the Coming National Budget

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the meeting held by the Chief of the National Board of Revenue with Eminent Economists on the national budget formulation.  The meeting was Chaired by the Chairman of NBR, Mr. Md. Nojibur Rahman.  Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, Chairman, Economic Research Group was the Chief Guest at the meet.  Mr. Motlub Ahmed, President FBCCI was the Special Guest.  Dr. Nazneed Ahmed, Dr. Md. Yunus, Dr. Helal Uddin, Dr. Zaidi Sattar were among the economists who also attended the meeting and advised NBR on priorities of the next budget of the Government of Bangladesh.

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March 17, 2016: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Public Lecture at UNISEL, Malaysia

 

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque was invited by the Professorial Council of the Universiti Selangor, Malaysia to give a lecture on “21st Century Education – the New Normal”.

2015

August 18, 2015: Dhaka

Seminar on Valuing Mangrove, Hill Forest and Wetland Ecosystem Services

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque and Muntasir Chaudhury presented a paper on Valuing Ecosystem Services of Hill Forest, Wetland and Mangroves in Bangladesh.  The seminar was attended by experts in the area and it was part of the process for updating the National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan document (NBSAP).  Mr Mohammed Solaiman Haider of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was also present and suggested that this document is needed to continue to fulfill Bangladesh’s commitment to Aichi biodiversity targets.

June 21-26 2015: Trashigang, Bhutan

Review of the curriculum on Master in Social Policy and Research at Sherubtse College

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque visited the Sherutse College in Trashigang, Bhutan to review their Master’s degree syllabus on Social Policy and Research. Sherubtse College is the oldest college in Bhutan under the newly formed Royal University of Bhutan. During his visit, Dr. Haque met with the Director of the College Mr. Tshering Wangdi, Dr. Sonam Tobgay, Dean of Academic Affairs, Mr. Tshotsho Kencho, Head of Economics, Mr Jamyang Choda, Chair of the School of Social Science and other faculty members.

A Team of RUB faculty member visited Bangladesh in 2014 and met Dr. Haque to develop a new curriculum for thier Master degree in Research.  Dr. Haque along with Dr. Niaz Khan (DU), Dr. Amir Hossain (JU) and Dr. Bijoy Barua (EWU) developed the syllabus for them.  Sherubtse College plans to enroll students into this program from 2016.

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June 10, 2015: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Speaker visited the Budget Information Help Desk at the Parliament

Unnayan Shamannay (US) managed the Budget Information Help Desk at the Parliament during the Budget session of the Parliament. The objective of the help desk is to assist the Members of the Parliament with relevant and necessary information so that the Budget session of the Parliament becomes more useful and informative. Hon’ble Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP and Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Advocate Md. Fazle Rabbi Miah MP also visited the Help Desk and encourage the US team for their assistance. Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque led the research team of Unnayan Shamannay.

May 24-28, 2015: BRAC Center for Development Management, Savar, Dhaka

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the ACD-SANDEE Research and Writing Workshop in Environmental and Resource Economics as a Resource Person.  The 5 day-workshop began in Dhaka on 24 May 2015 with participants from Bangladesh, India, and Maldives.  University teachers and researchers as a platform to learn how to develop a good research proposal.  Other resource persons in the workshop are Dr. Mani Nepal, Dr. Heman Lohano from SANDEE, Dr. Saudamini Das from IEG, Delhi and Dr. Atonu Rabbani, Dhaka University.

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May 12, 2015: BDIX Trust Meeting

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the first Trustee Board meeting of the Bangladesh Internet Exchange (BDIX) Trust at the Firoz Tower on Pathapath, Dhaka today.  BDIX is a non-profit trust which interlinks domestic internet traffic in Bangladesh.  The Trust is Chaired by Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific, a private university in Dhaka.  Other members of the Trust are Dr M Asaduzzaman, Mr. Qamar Munir, Mr. Sumon Ahmed Sabir, Mr. Mohd. Zulfiquar Hafiz, and Mr. Farid Mohammad Rashed Amin (Biddut).

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May 6, 2015: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque gave a lecture to visiting students from University of Ottawa at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development on a) Field Research Methodology and b) Climate Change and Environment: Challenges of Bangladesh.

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April 19 and 22, 2015

Dr A. K. Enamul Haque gave lectures on Logical Framework Analysis as a tool for designing Development Projects  to Officers of the Government of Bangladesh at the Academy for Planning and Development in their week-long course on Strategic Tools for Designing Projects.

April 3, 2015

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque is elected as the Vice President of the Utsho Bangladesh, an NGO working that promotes education for street children in Dhaka. Prior to this, he was also the Chair of the Finance Committee of the organization.

March 30, 2015

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the meeting of the Executive Committee of Shamunnay, a social and public policy research think tank of Unnanayan Shamannay, an NGO in Dhaka.

Feb 28, 2015

Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque attended the Governing Body meeting of the Economic Research Group, Dhaka – a private think tank for promotion of research on economic policies.