Sohel Parvez

Sohel Parvez is the Business Editor of The Daily Star.

January 10, 2023
January 10, 2023

Bangladesh expands cargo carrying capacity by sea

Bangladesh’s entrepreneurs, encouraged by prospects, tax and VAT benefits, expanded their capacity in oceangoing shipping sector, with the total number of vessels rising to 91, the highest so far, at the end of 2022 from 80 ships a year ago. 

January 9, 2023
January 9, 2023

Local airlines look to rebound from pandemic losses

The year 2022 had been a good year for Bangladesh’s two local airlines thanks to increased flow of travellers after the authorities lifted pandemic-related restrictions.

January 2, 2023
January 2, 2023

Pvt sector foreign debt sees first fall since 2020

For the first time since December 2020, private sector borrowing from external sources declined as the appetite among firms eroded for increased borrowing costs.

January 1, 2023
January 1, 2023

Farmers come to our rescue, yet again

When Abdul Haque woke up at dawn yesterday, not even the bone-chilling cold or the fog could stop him from getting out onto the field.

December 27, 2022
December 27, 2022

Mustard blooming on record area this year

In 2022, Bangladesh’s consumers had to buy edible oil by paying historic high prices because of record prices in the international market and the country’s high dependence on imports to meet its demand.

December 26, 2022
December 26, 2022

Non-bank deposits on the wane

Non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) have been witnessing a persistent fall in deposits for the past one year as many clients withdrew their savings to manage expenses amid the soaring cost of living and lower returns.

December 14, 2022
December 14, 2022

High cost of living takes a toll on bank deposits

The deposit growth in banks of Bangladesh has slowed as many people saw their capacity to save dwindle amid the higher cost of living.

December 13, 2022
December 13, 2022

No logical reason for spike in coal prices

Coal prices have shot up in the domestic market since September this year even though there is no rationale behind the hike, according to a report by the commerce ministry.

December 12, 2022
December 12, 2022

Rice import by private sector remains low

Rice imports by the private sector in Bangladesh remain low despite five months having passed since the government started allowing local businesses to import the staple grain in a bid to rein in its spiralling prices in the domestic market.

December 11, 2022
December 11, 2022

Wage growth below inflation for 10th month

For the 10th consecutive month, monthly wage growth of workers has remained below inflation, a trend that indicates a worsening poverty situation as many people are being compelled to cut consumption amid falling real income.