Mustafizur Rahman

April 25, 2021
April 25, 2021

Negotiating CEPAs: The Challenges Ahead

In recent times, the discussion on Comprehensive Economic Partnerships Agreements (CEPAs) has gained considerable traction in Bangladesh. Policymakers and trade officials have mooted the idea of signing CEPAs with a number of Bangladesh’s trading partners.

April 9, 2021
April 9, 2021

Bangladesh-India economic ties: Addressing the next generation of challenges

Over the past decade particularly, the Bangladesh-India bilateral economic relationship has entered a new terrain with the strengthening of traditional ties and foundations being laid to deepen and broaden the partnership in going forward.

November 15, 2020
November 15, 2020

RCEP Agreement: Why it should concern Bangladesh?

With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Partnerships (RCEP) agreement, the world is witnessing a significant milestone in the global

October 15, 2020
October 15, 2020

TRIPS extension: A window of opportunity for Bangladesh

On October 15-16, 2020, the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights of the WTO (WTO-TRIPS Council) will be holding an important meeting that has a special interest for the LDCs, in particular for graduating LDCs such as Bangladesh.

March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020

Navigating Covid-19 impacts on Bangladesh’s external sector

The transmission channels through which the emergent global scenario in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are impacting the increasingly globalising economy of Bangladesh are diverse: export outflows are getting disrupted; import inflows are facing delays;

September 20, 2019
September 20, 2019

Bangladesh’s LDC graduation and its repercussions for RMG

Bangladesh’s LDC graduation, to take effect from 2024, needs to be celebrated as a recognition of the country’s remarkable progress on many fronts over the past years. At the same time, there is no denying the fact that graduation will entail a number of new

June 12, 2019
June 12, 2019

The emerging cracks in our external sector

The robust external sector performance has been a strong pillar on which Bangladesh’s impressive macroeconomic stability and growth of recent years was founded. The strong performance was underwritten by several factors.

March 24, 2018
March 24, 2018

Mapping out a strategy

Bangladesh has become eligible for LDC graduation at the triennial review of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) held in March 2018 by meeting the thresholds for graduation: Gross National Income (GNI) per capita, the Human Assets Index (HAI) and the Economic Vulnerability Index (EVI). Bangladesh has been able to satisfy all the three graduation criteria and that also with significant comfort margins.

February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018

Graduating out of LDC group with momentum

Bangladesh is well-poised to be considered for graduation from the LDC group at the next review of the UN's Committee for Development Policy (CDP) in March 2018.

December 10, 2017
December 10, 2017

Bangladesh's offensive and defensive interests

The 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO (WTO MC11) is going to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina between December 10-13.