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Economy, Investment and Business

23rd Anniversary 2014

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Macroeconomic challenges: Towards middle income status

Macroeconomic challenges: Towards middle income status

A country's macroeconomic management challenges have to be evaluated with reference to the objectives it seeks to accomplish. Every country generally pursues multiple development objectives.  Bangladesh is no exception. Within the limited scope of a single paper it is not possible to deal with all of them. This article focuses on one overriding...

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Responding to development challenges

Responding to development challenges

Notable progress has been made on the development front, but important challenges remain and new challenges have emerged Although Bangladesh was referred to as an “international basket case” and a “test case of development” during the 1970s and there was not much of progress during the 1980s to warrant a change in those descriptions,...

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How political culture matches "Poor Economics"

How political culture matches

It is often said that “every nation gets the government it deserves”, a quote popularly misattributed to diverse commentators such as Alexis de Tocqueville and Abraham Lincoln but that is in fact derived from Joseph de Maistre's publication in the Lettres et Opuscules. There is a grain of truth in this. Governance conditions...

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Strategies to increase FDI inflows

Strategies to increase FDI inflows

The flow of FDI in Bangladesh since 2010 has been encouraging.  Actual inflows of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2011 reached the highest ever level in the history of Bangladesh at US$1,136.38 million, according to a report of UNCTAD (World Investment Report 2011). Investment friendly policy of the democratic government is largely responsible...

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Manmohanji, why this asymmetry?

Manmohanji, why this asymmetry?

It is you Manmohanji who told us five years back, that your country India of which you are its Prime Minister and tiny Bangladesh are back in business. We were welcomed in New Delhi with great fanfare in January 2010 to agree on  a joint communiqué where we agreed to more than 50...

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BCIM-economic corridor: An emerging opportunity

BCIM-economic corridor: An emerging opportunity

One of the recent initiatives which should warrant heightened attention and importance on the part of all concerned stakeholders in Bangladesh is the Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) which received formal endorsement through the first inter-governmental study group meeting in Kunming held on 18-19 December 2013. As may be recalled, the...

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Accessing China's trillion dollar market

Accessing China's trillion dollar market

China has sustained very high economic growth since the 1980s following the then President Deng Xiaoping's initiation of economic reforms. In fact, it is the only country that has sustained near double digit growth for three consecutive decades in the history of economic development. China's high growth has transformed its as well as...

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GSP suspension - overcoming the challenge

GSP suspension - overcoming the challenge

Under generalized system of preferences (GSP) US grants LDCs and some developing countries to export their products to US markets duty free or at preferential duty on certain terms and conditions. GSP eligibility is conditioned on the status of economic development of the exporting country. For example, it must be an LDC or...

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Stock Market Investment: Some pitfalls

Stock Market Investment: Some pitfalls

My student Shaheen, who is very active in stock market investment, purchased some stocks by looking into their net asset values – NAVs  and lost money.  One day, he came to me and wanted to know the reason for the decline of prices of those stocks. I asked him whether he looked at...

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Aid effectiveness through global and local lenses

Aid effectiveness through global and local lenses

The role played by official development assistance (ODA) as a complement to other sources of financing for development, especially in countries that have the least capability to attract foreign private capital flows, is now well recognized. ODA can be used to enhance human capital and productive capacities by supporting education, health, public infrastructure,...

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Affordable energy

Affordable energy

Two recent news in the energy sector of Bangladesh were alarming and highlight the current problem faced by the nation. Apparently, the Government gave green signal to the distribution companies for increasing power tariff by 9 to 12%. The applications for such increase are lying with BERC since 2012. All stakeholders understood that...

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Sustaining food security

Sustaining food security

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain healthy and productive lives. The key elements of food security are: a) availability of enough food from domestic production and /or imports to meet the demand, b) access of the food to all people...

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Tale of a golden harvest

Tale of a golden harvest

Amazing things are happening in the rice sector and yet we know so little of it. Have we ever paused and pondered from where nearly 16 crore people of the country are getting their supply of rice, at least two times a day? We know we do not import rice. We know the...

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Growing rice under stress environment

Growing rice under stress environment

Global temperature is increasing gradually. IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change on Change) says that temperature would increase from 1.8 to 4.0°C by the next 100 years. Therefore, the earth is in a process of major ecological change.  The polar ice and water towers (glaciers) are in the process of melting, too. The countries...