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Women's household work should be accounted for in GDP: Inu

DHAKA, May 19, 2017 (BSS) - Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said yesterday that gender disparity and women's household work should be accounted for in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

"If that is accounted for then the GDP would be much higher," he said.

He was speaking at a training workshop at the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB). The program was jointly supported by Action Aid and the Foreign Ministry of The Royal Netherlands Government.

The minister said that by 2030 Bangladesh would achieve gender equality. The work women performed at home if done outside is paid for therefore it does not make any sense overlooking it in economic data.

He also called for inclusion of all economic activities done in the informal sector in the GDP accounting to give a full and comprehensive view of the real size of the economy.

He called upon journalists to report on the matter and highlight the issue.

The minister thanked the organizer for upholding such a training session and felt that similar programs should organize more frequently to sensitize the people and policy-makers on the issue.

The director general of PIB, Shah Md Alamgir, chaired the session.