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Three factors holding back economy

The interest rate cap on loans, the frequent changes to the exchange rate regime and a relaxed attitude to enforcing austerity measures are the major challenges facing Bangladesh in restoring stability in the economy. 

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.

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.

September 23, 2015
September 23, 2015

Ditto and more…

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

September 6, 2015
September 6, 2015

CHINA: A worthy trade partner

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

August 14, 2015
August 14, 2015

“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.

August 14, 2015
August 14, 2015

“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.

August 14, 2015
August 14, 2015

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.

August 14, 2015
August 14, 2015

America in the Way

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

August 13, 2015
August 13, 2015

ELUSIVE REGAINING OF GSP BENEFITS IN THE USA

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.

August 5, 2015
August 5, 2015

Choice: Indispensably branded or ethically slaughtered?

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

July 1, 2015
July 1, 2015

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.

June 27, 2015
June 27, 2015

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.