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International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

The Sixth Five Year Plan, as outlined in Bangladesh's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, targets strategic growth and employment. The medium-term macroeconomic framework plan entails the involvement of both the private and public sectors. Human resources development strategy programs reaching out to the poor and the vulnerable population, as well as environment, climate change, and disaster risk management, have been included in the plan. Managing regional disparities for shared growth and strategy for raising farm productivity and agricultural growth have been outlined. Diversifying exports and developing a dynamic manufacturing sector are all inclusive in the proposed plan.

Harinder S. Kohli

The need for cheap, renewable energy is worldwide. One potential source of such energy is ethyl alcohol or ethanol produced from such raw materials as sugarcane, molasses, corn, and cassava. The author outlines the economics of producing ethanol and discusses the implications of its use as an energy source, especially in developing countries.