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Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) is the apex body of economists of Bangladesh. BEA is mandated to review the economic and social developmental policies-strategies-programmes independently; conduct fundamental research on emerging areas of the economics discipline and economic development; publish peer-reviewed bi-annual journal-Bangladesh Journal of Political Economy; impart training to relevant teachers-media reporters-bankers; organize dialogue-seminar-conference-roundtable-public lectures on critical issues of economic and social development. BEA forwards recommendations on major policy issues to the government and civil society. BEA organizes high utility professional events both in the capital and at regional levels.

BEA has over 4500 members ranging between top economists in the academia, government, financial and non-financial institutions, business, civil society and people at large in the grassroots.

BEA assigns high priority in maintaining ethical, moral, and professional standards. BEA is fortunate in having an elected Executive Committee comprising a good mix of professional economists and practitioners representing men and women from all the regions of Bangladesh.

Dr. Abul Barkat is the current elected President of Bangladesh Economic Association. He is a Professor of Department of Economics and Professor & Founding Chair of Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Dhaka. He is a political economist of high repute and popularly respected as a People's Economist.

To fulfill aims BEA has always given priority to high scientific standards and has been fortunate in having secured the following outstanding economists to serve as Presidents: