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  • The dominance of business elites in the political economy

    The term “neopatrimonialism” is defined by political scientist Christopher Clapham as a system in which “relationships of a broadly patrimonial type pervade a political and administrative system, which is formally constructed on rational-legal lines”.

  • A case for adoption of cloud services and related legal framework

    Over the last few years, technology has advanced tremendously and cloud computing is regarded as one of the most significant innovations of the IT industry that provides potential opportunities for public and private business entities.

  • Nurturing the changemakers of tomorrow

    ntrepreneurs are harbingers of hope. To promote and nourish entrepreneurship, many countries have given substantial attention to entrepreneurship education and strengthening related institutions.

  • Getting more women into tech

    Bangladesh now has a thriving technology startup ecosystem. Companies are reaching scale, attracting significant venture funding and hiring in large numbers.

  • Women-led businesses on digital platforms

    Gender balance is not only a women's issue, it is a business issue. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that women in Asia Pacific, if given equal opportunities at work, would create additional GDP equivalent to an economy the combined size of Germany and Austria each year.

  • Cost of sustainability in the apparel industry

    The apparel retail landscape has changed rapidly in recent years. While there are still some laggards in the industry, most brands want to do the right thing when it comes to sustainability, with smart brands now recognising that operating in a sustainable manner goes hand in hand with business success.

  • Thinking out of the box to gain some bargaining power

    We constantly hear the complaint from our apparel exporters that buyers do not pay them a fair price for their products. Whether or not this is a fair assessment is perhaps irrelevant.

  • Bangladesh needs to diversify its export basket

    The ongoing tariff dispute between US and China should be a warning sign to Bangladeshi entrepreneurs.

  • Rethinking the fashion business model

    Since 2009, the largest global summit on sustainability in the fashion and manufacturing sector has been hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Quirks of banking and payment systems

    We have some of the strangest banking and payment system strictures in the world.

  • The Trump tax cut: A mockery of fiscal responsibility?

    It is well known that President Trump's much-ballyhooed recent tax cuts will have a major negative impact on the US federal budget, and according to some estimates, will lead to a USD 1.5 trillion increase in national debt.

  • Branding Bangladesh: How to deliver a promise

    As global brands transcend borders by inspiring and engaging consumers through innovation and investors with the promise of higher turnover, sometimes rivalling that of some developing countries, it is no longer a question of how to compete with another nation.

  • The missing link

    The concept of South Asia as a region is largely inherited from the British colonial legacy, with some exceptions.

  • Automation in apparel: Boon or bane for Bangladesh?

    The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a recent conference that about two thirds of jobs in the developing world may be lost due to automation.

  • Ready or not for the next recession?

    A sunny day is the best time to check whether the roof is watertight. For economic policymakers, the proverbial sunny day has arrived:

  • Trump's Proposed Tariff on Chinese Imports

    Although Chinese products have provided consumers cheaper options, they are hurting US domestic production and the US manufacturing base has weakened dramatically over the last few decades.

  • Rise of the land of entrepreneurs

    The simple answer to the question, “What do you do”, could really make a lot of difference.

  • Whither Start-Up India?

    It is often alleged that it is easier to start a business in India than to shut it down. At the Start-Up India launch, Modi signalled his government's willingness to address this concern.

  • What will kill RMG: TPP or Fear?

    What will kill RMG in Bangladesh? Trans-Pacific Partnership or security fears? It may certainly be the second one and not the first. To begin with, the full text of the TPP is not yet available.

  • Ditto and more…

    What does the US gain by not restoring the GSP facility? And what do we lose?

  • CHINA: A worthy trade partner

    The recent visit of Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng to Dhaka no doubt reinvigorated the existing bilateral relations, laying

  • “It smells of double standards“

    I am not in support of the fact that Bangladesh was left out of the GSP programme by the US. It smells of double standards.

  • “The US should give us the GSP to inspire us to do better”

    It is very unfortunate. The world knows that conditions are getting better in Bangladesh. We are working closely with the government, the ILO, the EU and others.

  • US' 'No' to GSP: One-sided love affair!

    Though US-Bangla interactions have evolved on a love-hate trajectory, an exception is made in relation to the GSP facility for Bangladesh. Dhaka's obsession with it has not been reciprocated by Washington.

  • America in the Way

    The third Interna-tional Conference on Financing for Development recently convened in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.


    GSP is always riddled with the subjectivity of the benefit granting countries. Indeed, trade analysts would recognise that this element of subjectivity is one of the fundamental problems with the GSP regimes.

  • Choice: Indispensably branded or ethically slaughtered?

    Without branding, Bangladesh will only be just one more country bragging with an unsustainable RMG basket.

  • Europe's attack on Greek democracy

    The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors.

  • Our garment industry at a crossroad

    In order to maintain the competitive advantage, there is a tendency of putting downward pressure on workers' wages and benefits. In this context, for the workers' welfare, there is a critical need for reducing the cost of doing business in Bangladesh.

  • A Global Marshall Plan

    DESPITE ongoing efforts to catalyse global development cooperation, there have been significant obstacles to progress in recent years.