Abu Afsarul Haider

November 18, 2020
November 18, 2020

Why is tax-GDP ratio so low in Bangladesh and how to raise it?

Despite positive economic growth in recent years, Bangladesh has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios (9.3 percent) in the South Asian region. It is 23.1 percent in Nepal, 16.8 percent in India and...

September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020

As the pandemic continues, the rich are getting richer

The Covid-19 pandemic may have taken a heavy toll on the global economy, but the pandemic hasn’t been bad for everyone. While hundreds of millions of people worldwide have lost their source of...

July 26, 2020
July 26, 2020

A strong banking system makes a strong economy

For the last several years, the banking sector in Bangladesh has been playing an important role in our USD 300-plus billion economy where banks comprise more than 80 percent of all financing activity.

March 13, 2020
March 13, 2020

Women’s empowerment is meaningless without safety

Not too long ago, it was hardly believable that the women of Bangladesh would take part in the economic development of the country.

February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020

Key socioeconomic issues that we must address

Bangladesh is, without a doubt, one of the most promising economies in the region. We have made considerable progress in many socio-economic sectors.

January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020

Make Dhaka liveable again

Dhaka is one of the fastest growing megacities in the world. It is predicted to be one of the world’s largest metropolises by 2025, along with Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai, Beijing and New York City.

January 4, 2020
January 4, 2020

Lessons from Singapore

When Singa-pore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965 and thrust into an unwanted independence, its overall condition—economic, social and political—were not at all conducive.

November 6, 2019
November 6, 2019

To end poverty, we need peace and justice first

Today we live in a world that is more divided than ever. It’s filled with hatred, double standards and hypocrisy, conflict, war, uncertainties and many other

October 12, 2019
October 12, 2019

Tackling the global refugee crisis

For a moment, imagine yourself being forced out of your country. You are running for your life, leaving everything behind.

September 30, 2019
September 30, 2019

The ‘Get-Rich-Quick Syndrome’ and our dilemma

How to get rich quick? That’s the question I once asked my professor of economics when I was studying in the United States in the late ‘80s. Without a moment’s hesitation, he said, “Well, son, if...