25th anniversary special part-5 | The Daily Star
  • Let's make a difference to millions

    ”Vision with action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare,” states an old Japanese proverb. Indeed, if we cannot dream, how can we achieve anything? If we do not take actions, what is the point of seeing dreams? So, it is action with vision that can change the society and the country we live in. More than four decades ago we fought the War of Liberation to materialise our long-cherished dream of an independent and sovereign Bangladesh, and which did not come to us effortlessly; rather we had to take up arms and sacrifice millions of lives to achieve our goal.

  • The politico–economic equation

    Politics and economy seem to be uncomfortably matched in present day Bangladesh. On one hand, the macroeconomic indicators such as the growth of GDP per annum, the ascent of the per capita income to the level of the low middle income countries the growth of export earning over time and impressive foreign currency reserve of USD 27 billion dollars. Bangladesh Bank all appear to draw a positive and optimistic picture of the country's economy.

  • Making the numbers count

    What should be the angle of my piece?” I asked myself. “Should I justify the relevance of population dynamics for development, or present the current state

  • Organising quality training in Bangladesh

    Quality is the call of the day. Discerning consumers or clientele are not satisfied with anything less than the best. In the human resources development

  • A letter to the government on startups

    Let me begin by introducing Brad Feld, an American entrepreneur, author, blogger, and venture capitalist at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado. Feld's model, called 'The Boulder Thesis,' concludes that for a startup ecosystem to be built in any place, four things are necessary:

  • Entrepreneurship: A raw perspective

    Someone wise once said, “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't.” Truly, these words are aligned with a popular saying, “With great risks come great rewards” or with, what Stan Lee wrote about Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

  • Editor's Note

    With this instalment, The Daily Star's silver jubilee special supplements themed On High Road to Progress comes to an end. This part, titled, Way Forward, explores the bigger picture, and analyses the challenges, and the possible paths towards progress.

  • Reviewing initiatives for migrant well-being

    2015 has been an important year for the labour migration sector in Bangladesh. In contrast to preceding years, the year has seen a major boost in the outward flow of Bangladeshi workers. It was also marked by substantial increase in the flow of female workers. The decision to review the ill-conceived

  • Jobs abroad for a better life

    International migration for employment is an important channel through which the process of economic globalisation works. Although this channel is

  • Global migration crisis and the Bangladesh experience

    More than 1 million refugees have entered Europe by land and sea in 2015. The mass exodus of people from North Africa and Middle East have made the

  • International labour migration

    International labour migration has been an integral part of Bangladesh's economic and social Development since the 1980s. It creates employment, ensures stability to foreign exchange reserve and in the context of 7th five-year plan of the country, it offers additional avenues to the government to attain its long term developmental goals.Along with the review of the challenges and achievements of government, this piece suggests steps that can be taken in migration governance in the coming years. First let us look at level and extent of migration during recent years.

  • Reflections on the WTO Ministerial

    Backdrop of MC-10: There is no denying the fact that the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as the global body en-tasked to regulate and reform the

  • Banking sector for sustainable growth

    Bangladesh's financial sector is dominated by the banking sector. The dominance of the banking sector makes the financial sector vulnerable on the one hand, but highlights the crucial importance of the sector in resource mobilisation and economic growth, on the other. The role of the banking sector in accelerating growth is contingent upon the soundness and depth of the sector. In Bangladesh the banking sector has travelled through a journey where the sector has experienced several ups and downs. Reforms measures have been undertaken in an attempt to improve upon the structural constraints of the sector.

  • National Pension Scheme

    Constitutionally, Bangladesh is claimed to be a 'Welfare State". The welfare provisions so far adopted proved effective and paved the way for doing more by

  • Padma Bridge: Bonding old terrain and forging regional integration

    The great poet Rabindranath Tagore used to frequent his tenants in Kushtia, Rajshahi and Pabna during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in

  • Our potential in ICT

    It is a matter of pride to recollect the initiatives of our scientists of the Atomic Energy Centre, Dhaka, in bringing the first ever

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