DHAKA: The life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh has increased to 72.3 years in 2018 up from 72.0 years in 2017.
This was disclosed at a function to disseminate the report on Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2018 held at the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) auditorium in the city’s Agargaon area.
Planning Minister MA Mannan spoke at the function as the chief guest while Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Md Nojibur Rahman spoke as special guest while Statistics and Informatics Division Secretary Sourendra Nath Chakraborty was in the chair.
Director General of the BBS Krishna Gain gave the welcome address and Project Director of the Monitoring the Situation of Vital Statistics of Bangladesh (MSVSB) 2nd Phase Project AKM Ashraful Haque made a presentation on the report.
The report said that the gain in the life expectancy is somewhat higher among the females (73.8 years) than that among the males (70.8 years) resulting from a higher survival advantage in favor of females.
The report showed that the total population of the country as of 1st of January 2019 stood at 165.57 million including 82.87 million males and 82.70 million females.
Speaking on the occasion, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that like in the country’s economy, there has been a landslide change at the BBS over the years.
Noting that the BBS has already attained a level of credibility, he said that global organizations like the IMF and ADB speak highly of the BBS.
Mannan revealed that the government has a plan to set up a national statistics institute in the country to impart training to the statisticians.
BDST: 2134 HRS, JUN 12, 2019