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China-Bangladesh Trade: New Prospects Opening Up for Bangladesh

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced global trade to reach a standstill as countries struggle to provide for their own. Despite a global trade slump, China has recently opened new trade avenues for Bangladesh with lucrative incentives to stimulate trade.  China has announced a tariff exemption for 97% of Bangladeshi products to be effective from July […]
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Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem – The Untapped Digital Goldmine of Asia

Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem - The Untapped Digital Goldmine of Asia
Bangladesh startup ecosystem is coming of age.  Driven by strong economy vitals for Startups, access to a demographic bulge with the right skill-sets and the timely structuring of the Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem which is at an inflection point. Moreover, there is also an abundance of government support to improve the local startup ecosystem.  However, the […]
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Beyond Coronavirus: The Next Phase for Shipbuilding Industry

The well-performing ship-breaking industry in Bangladesh has paved the way for the shipbuilding industry. Since 2008, the shipbuilding industry has been an area of focus as the locally made ships began to be exported. The global ship recycling industry has been mainly concentrated in Asia and Bangladesh has been a prominent ship-recycler and emerging ship-builder. […]
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Navigating COVID-19: A Resilient Agriculture Sector to Address the Exposed Frailties

The recent coronavirus-induced shutdowns throughout Bangladesh have caused an estimated loss of BDT 565.36 billion (USD 6.66 billion) between March and May 2020 for the businesses working in agriculture, fisheries, and meat producing sectors. Nation-wide disruptions have resulted in restricted access to agricultural products, markets, and advisory services. Under these circumstances, it is important to […]
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Assessing Over-Capacity in the Bangladesh Power Sector

The Bangladesh Power Sector is one that has seen considerable growth in recent years. Total Power Generation Capacity in January of 2019, was 17,764 MW. To put into perspective the magnitude of growth, the Capacity in 2013 was 10,213 MW. This translates to a 57% increase in just 6 years. While growth in capacity is […]
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Bangladesh Automotive Industry: A Roadmap to the Future

From luxury sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to small compact sedans, to meet the country’s demands for automobiles, Bangladesh has always been dependent on imported vehicles. Being one of the most densely populated cities in the world and with high potential to be enlisted as a smart city, the capital Dhaka naturally projected surging demands for […]
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Youth Unemployment: Unsalvageable Blow By Covid-19?

As a country amidst a demographic dividend, Bangladesh has to closely monitor the employment opportunities of the youth. The United Nations defines Youth to be the part of the population between the ages 15-24. According to the last census, 19.14% of the Bangladeshi population are the youth while 27.29% of the population are between ages […]
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What Order Cancellation Means for the Bangladesh RMG Sector

The global apparel industry has been left reeling from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic as supply chains have been disrupted, trade has dwindled to near-stagnancy, and sentiments have flared, claiming this may be the fulcrum for a new anti-consumerism culture. In McKinsey & Company’s State of Fashion 2020, it was estimated from a survey […]
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Will COVID-19 worsen inequality in Bangladesh?

Like the rest of the world, Bangladesh is facing an economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lower income groups tend to be more affected by such economic crises than those in the upper income. With growing levels of inequality in the country, the economic crisis due to the pandemic can harm the poor more […]
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A Post-Pandemic Bangladesh and The Road to Recovery

With the recent lifting of lockdown in Bangladesh, the question that hangs in the air is a difficult one. Is the social benefit of resuming business activity at full throttle on par with, or greater than the social cost that may arise if the rate of infection cannot be curbed? Though guidelines for mandatory social […]
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