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  • Addressing our growing inequality using fiscal policy

    Economic growth with the reduction in poverty and inequality are important development objectives in the policymaking process in Bangladesh.

  • No stars will shine for the farmers

    It may seem like a scene from a Cold War-era political thriller: A farmer burns his own paddy field, out of frustration. The food minister declares: “This is a conspiracy against the government!” A parliament whip confronts the minister: “You cannot make fun of the farmers.” Enters the agriculture minister, apparently helpless, and offers his one pearl of wisdom: “More rice is being grown than needed. The farmers are not getting a fair price for their production, but nothing can be done about it now.”

  • Is Bangladesh’s apparel sector ready for industry 4.0?

    Bangladesh has achieved an economic miracle over the past three decades, but it cannot afford to rest on its laurels now.

  • Prioritise investment in human capital

    Education and health play key roles in human capital formation. Investment in human capital formation is considered a means of improving the quality of life and sustaining economic growth. Education and health are regarded as critical pathways to economic development as they increase the productivity of individuals and generate skilled labour force.

  • Union Digital Centre: Prioritising government’s one-stop rural shop

    More than 80 countries have introduced one-stop shops—one-door or single-window service delivery outlets, community or citizen information and service centres, e-government web portals—to reduce corruption by simplifying public service delivery processes and making them citizen-friendly.

  • Making the most of our demographic dividend

    Over the last few decades, the decline in fertility and mortality rates in Bangladesh and subsequent increase in number of working-age population (15-59) relative to the dependents (0-14 and 60+) offer the country an opportunity of accelerated economic growth.

  • RMG sector's tipping point

    Offshoring of apparel manufacturing has been a blessing for many developing countries. The readymade garments (RMG) industry, employer of 4 million workers, mostly rural women,

  • Bangladesh in the post-industrial world

    Bangladesh in the post-industrial world

    Bangladesh's economic performance over the last decade has garnered praise from the international community. Multilateral

  • Rethinking tobacco tax and price measures

    Tobacco use is a major public health concern in Bangladesh and all over the world. It is regarded as a leading cause of more than 30 fatal diseases in Bangladesh including oral and lung cancer

  • Building a circle of trust between buyers and suppliers

    The dynamics of the global apparel retail industry are changing rapidly, more so than during any time in the past 100 years. We are witnessing a rapid shift to online fashion retail and the closing of traditional brick-and-mortar shopping centres.