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Bangladesh Doing Business Blueprint 2019-20
Bangladesh Doing Business Blueprint 2019-20

Among other strong macroeconomic indicators, increased digitization, higher disposable income and consistent GDP growth at around 7.2 percent (The World Bank) have influenced the country’s development over the last decade. To attract more investments both domestically and internationally, the government is now aiming to improve on the ease of doing business ranking of 176 (The […]

  • Published on: October 6, 2019
Upending the Natural Gas Market in Bangladesh
Upending the Natural Gas Market in Bangladesh

Bangladesh economy has expanded by a remarkable 7.86% to USD 275.8 billion in 2018 compared to 2017, resulting from strong private consumption, public investments and remittance inflows. Rising prosperity has brought forth a multitude of structural challenges for sustaining future growth. Growing secondary and tertiary sectors have increased appetite for resources critical for fueling future […]

  • Published on: May 16, 2019
The State of Digital Microfinance in Bangladesh
The State of Digital Microfinance in Bangladesh

The Microfinance industry in Bangladesh is growing amidst renewed competition from the banking sector and new agent banking initiatives. As the industry tackles challenges of high cost of borrowings and expansion of business, digitization of transactions is gradually starting to take precedence. Digitizing transaction has the potential to reduce cost components, increase efficiency and streamline […]

  • Published on: April 23, 2019
LightCastle Featured Insights 2019
LightCastle Featured Insights 2019

Bangladesh is on the trajectory to becoming an upper-middle-income economy and a developing nation. This has been possible due to steady macroeconomic performance and impressive growth. Positive transformation is occurring across industries in multiple folds. But these changes present newer challenges, too. However, by focusing on the essentials – skills development, digital transformation and impact […]

  • Published on: April 4, 2019
Prospects of Wage Digitization In The Apparel Sector | Bangladesh 2019
Prospects of Wage Digitization In The Apparel Sector | Bangladesh 2019

As the apparel industry of Bangladesh aims to gain higher export in an increasingly competitive global market, sustainability, quality and digitization have become crucial forms of differentiation and competency. Wage digitization in the apparel sector directly affects the lives of 3.5 million people, who are employed in the industry, living under an income bracket of […]

  • Published on: February 6, 2019
Bangladesh Water Network Study
Bangladesh Water Network Study

The study was commissioned by the Partners for Water Program, an alliance consisting of the Embassy of the kingdom of Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water, RVO and the Netherlands Water Partnership. The objective of the study is to gather strategic insights on the current status quo and future prospects of […]

  • Published on: October 31, 2018
LightCastle Economic Update 2018
LightCastle Economic Update 2018

Bangladesh economy has arrived at the cusp of achieving the middle-income status with a number of indicators matching the graduation requirements. This has been possible due to steady macroeconomic performance led by an impressive growth trajectory. Good performance is reflected in the form of steady sovereign ratings (Moody’s, S&P and Fitch) and growing forex reserves […]

  • Published on: June 24, 2018
LightCastle Business Confidence Index 2017-18
LightCastle Business Confidence Index 2017-18

LightCastle Business Confidence Index (BCI) in 2017-18 has been found to be +43 on a scale of -100 to 100 – implying a cautiously optimistic sentiment. This score is 4 points higher than that of last year.  The study aims to gauge business sentiments of private sector players representing a variety of industries across the economy. […]

  • Published on: February 1, 2018
Business for Sustainability: Imperatives for Inclusive Ventures
Business for Sustainability: Imperatives for Inclusive Ventures

There are around 2.7 billion people who live below U$ 2 a day. That’s 2 out of every 5. The total wealth distribution of the world has become extremely skewed. The richest 0.5% control over 35% of the total wealth. US and Europe collectively owns 60%+ of the world’s wealth. The rise of capitalism propelled […]

  • Published on: August 24, 2017
Bangladesh Budget 2017-18: Implications for Entrepreneurs
Bangladesh Budget 2017-18: Implications for Entrepreneurs

The FY2017-18 proposed budget has brought forth steep reactions from different quarters of the economy. Entrepreneurs from different sectors have been either positively or negatively impacted by changing government policies. The proposed budget targets a revenue of BDT 2,87,991 crore against an estimated expenditure of BDT 4,00,266 crore, amounting to a 5% deficit of BDT […]

  • Published on: June 12, 2017
LightCastle Economic Update – February 2017
LightCastle Economic Update – February 2017

Bangladesh economy has been experiencing stable growth, fueled by apparel driven export growth, expanding domestic market and stabilizing political conditions. However, looming uncertainties remain with the upcoming national elections scheduled early 2019, and stalled remittance growth from Middle-Eastern economies. Despite achieving commendable economic stability and progress, the economic growth needs to accelerate further through incremental […]

  • Published on: February 26, 2017
LightCastle Business Confidence Index 2016
LightCastle Business Confidence Index 2016

Bangladesh’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) has been found to be 39 on a scale of 100 – implying between low and moderate. The goal of the report is to quantify the prevalent business sentiments lending voice to the private sector business community, by coalescing their views in the form of a report. And this index […]

  • Published on: September 29, 2016
LightCastle Economic Update – April 2016
LightCastle Economic Update – April 2016

Bangladesh economy has exhibited impressive growth over the last decade despite myriad challenges. Rising GDP and stagnating population growth have contributed to rising per capita income, exceeding lower income threshold. Growth prospects for 2017-18 is upbeat with ADB, World Bank and Government forecasts predicting GDP growth to hover within the 6-7% range. Recent regional connectivity […]

  • Published on: May 2, 2016
E-commerce: The Adventure Begins in Bangladesh
E-commerce: The Adventure Begins in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is set for growth with a market of 160 million+ packed into a territory roughly one-quarter the size of Thailand (5th most dense in the world). The consumer class is young, technologically adaptable and exhibits high engagement through the mobile internet. As an emerging economy, Bangladesh has embraced technology at a rapid pace. The […]

  • Published on: March 19, 2016
Rise of the Digital Consumer Class in Bangladesh
Rise of the Digital Consumer Class in Bangladesh

The consumer class is young, technologically adaptable and exhibits high engagement through the mobile internet. As an emerging economy, Bangladesh has embraced technology at a rapid pace. The penetration of the telecom sector, mobile commerce and advent of internet based applications designed by businesses and supported by the tech friendly government validates the growth story […]

  • Published on: January 21, 2016
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