Porimol Palma

Porimol Palma

May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022

UK to lend $450m in five years

British International Investment (BII) has embarked on an ambitious plan of lending $450 million to Bangladesh over the next five years, finding that the country has a stable government and policy support for private sector development.

May 28, 2022
May 28, 2022

Making up for learning loss in Covid: Govt should take up nationwide programme

Unicef has recommended that the government prioritise a countrywide remedial programme for recovering the learning loss caused by 18 months of school closure amid the Covid pandemic.

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022

Dhaka to seek GSP Plus from Brussels

Bangladesh will seek to avail the GSP Plus facility, which will provide trade privileges after the country graduates from LDC status, during the 10th EU-Bangladesh Joint Commission meeting beginning in Brussels today.

May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022

‘Rise in hate speech, mob violence over past year has created precarious situation for minorities’

US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain travelled to Bangladesh on April 17-20. He visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, met government officials, civil society and youth groups in Dhaka. In a written email interview on May 5, he shared with The Daily Star the purpose of his visit and the message he left here or will communicate to Washington.

May 16, 2022
May 16, 2022

Defence dialogue: Talks with US begin in Hawaii today

Bangladesh and the US are holding the ninth defence dialogue in Hawaii today as the two countries seek to strengthen security cooperation in the changed geopolitical landscape.

May 14, 2022
May 14, 2022

It’s time to focus on green agenda

Bangladesh and Denmark have recently signed Sustainable and Green Framework Engagement to strengthen the partnership on climate and green transition. It happened in Dhaka during the three-day visit of Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary and Danish Minister for Development Flemming Moller Mortensen. Before leaving Dhaka on April 27, Mortensen shared his views on future cooperation between the two countries with The Daily Star.

April 23, 2022
April 23, 2022

Dhaka-washington ties: ‘Feast’ ends, now it’s time for action

After over two years of pause, Dhaka and Washington engaged in a series of dialogues early April when the two countries celebrated half a century of diplomatic relationship -- both promising to deepen the bond in the next 50 years.

April 22, 2022
April 22, 2022

Danish crown princess due on April 25

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will make a three-day visit to Bangladesh beginning April 25 as the two countries seek to deepen cooperation on climate change, especially regarding renewable energy, and blue economy.

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

Aid to Trade, now Strategic Partnership: What’s next?

When it comes to US-Bangladesh relationship, one naturally points to the global superpower’s pro-Pakistani role during the Liberation War in 1971. Then comes the infamous tag “basket case” for Bangladesh by the then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

March 29, 2022
March 29, 2022

Be competitive, stop relying on duty-free regime

Bangladesh should abandon the mentality of having a duty-free regime, cheap loans or foreign aid and focus instead on making products competitive by improving management efficiency, logistics and business environment as the country approaches graduation from the grouping of the least-developed countries (LDCs) in 2026.