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Gowher Rizvi appointed PM's adviser

Dr Gowher Rizvi, an internationally renowned political scientist, has been appointed adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“The Prime Minister today appointed Dr Gowher Rizvi her adviser under the rule 3B(i) of the Rules of Business, 1996,” said a handout yesterday.

Dr Rizvi, the immediate past director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, will enjoy the rank and status, salary-allowances and other facilities similar to a full minister.

Sources said in the recent times he met the prime minister twice. With the latest appointment, now the panel of advisers to the PM is seven strong.

Rizvi was the vice-provost for International Programs at the University of Virginia, USA from August 3, 2008 to 2009.

He was the Ford Foundation's representative for South Asia, New Delhi office from 1998 to 2003 and deputy director, Governance & Civil Society at New York office from 1995 to 1998. He was the director of contemporary affairs of The Asia Society, New York from 1994 to 95.

Dr Rizvi was the United Nations' Coordinator for Afghanistan, Geneva, Islamabad & Kabul from 1988 to 90. He has worked recently as the consultant of UNDP for reforming civil service change management in the country.

He authored a number of books that include South Asia in a Changing International Order; South Asian Insecurity and the Great Powers; Bangladesh: The Struggle for the Restoration of Democracy; Perspectives on Imperialism and Decolonization; and Linlithgow and India.

He is the founding editor of Contemporary South Asia, an academic and policy studies journal published from Oxford.

Rizvi earned a double first in BA honours and MA from the University of Dhaka while DPhil from Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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It's unexpected to have 7 advisers with the rank of ministers along with a full cabinet.

: Rubo

The profile of Dr. Rizvi as appears in the news item indicates that the government is serious about improving its performance.

: Haq


  • Nasir Tarafde
    Friday, July 10, 2009 12:06 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    It was indeed an unnecessary and totally uncalled for, especially when the country is reeling under tremendous economic meltdown.

  • Syed Sajedur Rahman Firoz
    Friday, July 10, 2009 01:24 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    I think the Prime Minister has finally made the BEST choice. I am confident Mr. Gowher Rizvi will be able to provide best advice and will be able to enhance the quality in Bangladesh politics that has been long missing. Congratulation to PM of Bangladesh for making this remarkable choice. Also Congratulation to Mr. Gowher Rizvi and hope he will bring a fresh and meaningful change in and out of Bangladesh.

  • Dr. M. H. Khan
    Friday, July 10, 2009 11:32 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    Sir we want to see u as a true patriot. Please protect our countries interest on priority basis.

    Dr.M. H. khan

    Dept of Marketing

    University of Dhaka

  • Hoq Kotha
    Friday, July 10, 2009 03:40 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    Look like an impressive recruit.

    Friday, July 10, 2009 06:00 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    This is a very good step from P.M.

    Congratulation Dr. Gowher. Such opportunity to the competent personnel will help developing digital Bangladesh.

  • mithun ahmed
    Friday, July 10, 2009 07:23 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    Looks like a good choice. I have a question . For advisers, I am wondering whether there is a citizenship requirement. Dr Rizvi is a US immigrant/American citizen. The same is true of Dr. Mashihur Rahman who ia a US immigrant and H.T Imam who is a US citizen.

  • Syed M Muntazir H Zaidi
    Friday, July 10, 2009 01:12 PM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    Congratulations to Dr. Gowher Rizvi. All the very best.

  • nasarullah
    Friday, July 10, 2009 11:33 AM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    A warmest congratulation and we very passionately hope that with his dynamic leadership and managerial quality , versatilities and pleasant personality, will be able to lead and guide the honorable Prime Minster towards right directions following the democratic principles and procedures, to make the peoples welfare and wellbeing of the country as whole.

    What the country needs, good governance , welfare , improvement of law and order , efficient handling of corruptions , friendly and workable foreign policy , enhance workable relation between ruling and opposition parties, free and fair dealings with all administrative set up and establishments ,reduction of poverty level and enhance resilience and efficient local government management, and narrow down gap with opposition for making the parliament effective and a place for all issues related to country and of national interest .

    As you a vibrant experience and leadership quality that you he has gained over the years by working with UN , Ford Foundations other development partners, in various developing countries, apart from teaching experience , that would instantly help him to address all those in well defined manner and prudently as an advisor to the honorable Prime Minister to build the country in the line with peoples aspirations and expectations .

    A warmest congratulation for such well deserved appointment as an Advisor and look forward to seeing some positive changes in the political, social and economic arena for people well being , prosperity and evenly development .

  • Dr. Ikramul Haq
    Friday, July 10, 2009 06:09 PM GMT+06:00 (344 weeks ago)

    Dear Dr. Gowher

    Time has come to serve the country and make it a model for other in the regions. Our best wishes and full support.--Huzaima, Ikram, abbas & Ammar





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