Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


The role of fiscal sustainability in enhancing sustainable economic growth in South Asia: The case of Bangladesh

The present paper examines the role of fiscal sustainability in achieving sustainable economic growth in the context of South Asia. Excessive government debts have long-term implications and can cause serious intergenerational consequences. In this paper, the role of fiscal sustainability is discussed and the concept of a “just tax system” is analysed. Such a tax system can play an important role in achieving economic growth that is sustainable, rather than being focused on short-term gain. Using the case of Bangladesh, the paper highlights some of the key imminent challenges to transforming a tax system to be more equitable and fair. It finds that current taxation systems are based on short-term frameworks and can leave future generations with the ultimate burden of dealing with the limitations of those systems. Based on the case study, which supports those facts, policymakers in South Asian countries could integrate longterm measures to ensure fiscal sustainability in achieving sustainable economic development.


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