The 10th Meeting of the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) Cooperation Forum was held during 18-19 February 2012 at the Oberoi Grand Hotel in Kolkata, India. The event was organised by the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, in partnership with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata. The Forum, supported by Ministry of External Affairs, India was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal Mr M K Narayanan. Prior to the event, a Route Survey was carried out for the proposed Kolkata to Kunming Car Rally which was also an issue of discussion in the Forum. The meeting discussed issues such as environment, climate and water; regional economic cooperation; regional connectivity (transport, tourism and infrastructure); exchanges in social, cultural and academic fields, and institutional arrangement of BCIM. A nine-member Bangladesh Team led by Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, CPD joined the 10th BCIM Forum which included high level government officials and civil society representatives.
Bangladesh's rate of poverty reduction has slowed down in recent years. The yearly average rate of poverty reduction has dropped from 1.7 percent, between 2005 and 2010, to 1.2 percent, between 2010 and 2016.