Summit Closing Session
Jan 25, 2015 (5:00-6:30)
Dr. M. Masrur Reaz works as a Program Manager in the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group (WBG). The unit supports global and country efforts to boost trade, enhance the investment climate, improve competitiveness in key economic sectors, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Masrur, since 2012, heads WBG’s Investment Climate reform program in Bangladesh and leads WBG’s support to government of India on reform efforts related to Ease of Doing Business. He also headed World Bank Group investment climate program in Nepal in 2013-2014, and led a strategy team in 2013 to develop Trade & Competitiveness program in Sri Lanka.
Some of the work of his team in Bangladesh includes: electronic tax registration at the NBR (E-TIN), automation of company registration, digitization at the Department of Patent, Design, and Trademark, technical assistance to the Central Bank in drafting National Payment System Act and Electronic Payments Regulations, automation of several investor services at the Board of Investment, legal and institutional framework for Economic Zones, reforms in VAT and Customs legislations, introduction of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) for tax and commercial disputes etc.
Prior to joining World Bank Group, Masrur worked as an Adviser in the Economic Growth team of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) where he led programs on financial infrastructure, tax reform, privatization, and business enabling environment. Prior to DFID, Masrur worked in the academia as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, and in the private sector. He has published several research publications in international academic journals, and authored a number of knowledge pieces within World Bank Group.
Masrur has a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the University of Manchester, UK. He also obtained an MBA from the University of New Orleans, USA.