In Bangladesh, most of the population does not have access to electricity. However, the situation is changing at an astonishing rate, thanks to a government program, to such an extent that all inhabitants are expected to have access to electricity for 2021. This is how Bangladesh is on track to become the first solar country in the world.
The project consists in providing for each house a system of solar panels and a battery. This is intended to cover the lighting of the house minimally, as well as being able to turn on a television and a radio. For those of us who are accustomed to having electricity, it may seem little, but for those who have never had electricity, it is what they need.
The most interesting thing is that the project has already been applied to more than 15 million homes, and every month 50.000 new homes acquire solar energy. This is an amazing rhythm, where you can see it. But also the government plans to build 50 mini solar power plants, to operate 1.500 agricultural irrigation systems.
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Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world, noted for its high population density, which is comparable only to that of small islands or microstates, but unusual in large countries. Its poverty rate is very high; However, since 1975, its GDP per capita has doubled and the poverty rate has fallen by 20% since the beginning of the 1990 decade. Thus, the country is among the "next eleven" economies. Dhaka, the capital, and other urban centers are part of the driving force that has made this growth possible.
Despite continued national and international efforts to improve the economic and demographic prospects, Bangladesh remains a developing nation, with an income per capita in 2010 of US $ 590, compared to the global average of US $ 10.200. The property of the land is unequal; the 60% of the land is in the hands of the 16% of the owners; Most of the food produced in the country is consumed abroad, due to what has been pointed out as an alliance between the landowners and the export industry.
Due to the very low labor costs in the country, given the high poverty rate and the low or non-existent social protection, the main multinational textile companies are installed in Bangladesh, since at 2005 there have been at least 700 deaths of workers due to factory fires. .
In this way, via Bangladesh of labor relations, it is known the fall of wages, the elimination of intermediation between employer and worker, and full submission to the designs of the former. For this reason, the USA could suspend the commercial benefits of Bangladesh due to poor working conditions and worker safety.
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