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12:00 AM, February 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 23, 2020

Boosting Bangladesh’s export growth

A World Bank report revealed that Bangladesh could significantly boost export growth, maintain its position as a leading garment and textile manufacturer, and create more jobs by improving its transport and logistics systems. It states that if there was no road congestion, transportation cost, the largest direct logistic cost in Bangladesh, would be 35 percent lower. It warned that these two factors combined with inadequate infrastructure and fragmented governance have been hampering manufacturing and freight and are putting the country's robust growth at risk.

Since efficient logistics and transportation system are two of the main drivers for achieving high export growth, the government should give serious attention to improving these sectors. The average cost of carrying a tonne per kilometre in Bangladesh is USD 0.095, which is higher than many developing and developed countries.

The government has already put emphasis on infrastructure development, what it needs to do now is manage the infrastructure effectively.

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