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An Assessment of Child Labour Laws, Prevention Strategies and their Effectiveness in Bangladesh Jesmul Hasan

Bangladesh is a developing country in South Asia with a Ganges-deltaic land of 147,570 square km and population of around 144 million people. While its economy remains mainly dependent on agriculture, the industrial sector has made a signifi cant contribution to its GDP in recent years. The per capita GDP is around $440 and GDP growth rate is about 5.5 per cent per annum. Despite some progress in social development indicators like reduction in child malnutrition, extensive coverage in immunization, increase in enrolment in schools, the impediments to sustained growth include frequent natural calamities, adverse political environment, slow pace in exploiting natural resources and poor implementation of economic reforms.