Public and Social Services

By | November 12, 2017
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Recent public and social service engagements of Dr. A.K. Enamul Haque


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.


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”.


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.


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).


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.