Future of the Shrimp Industry in Bangladesh

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A Brief Historical Emergence of the Shrimp Industry in Bangladesh In the early 1970s, the beginning of commercial shrimp farming started in Bangladesh with 9 fish processing plants being set up in Chittagong and Khulna and that gave rise to the present export-oriented shrimp industry. Since then, commercial shrimp farming slowly started to gain popularity […]

Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem 2021-22: Coming of Age

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Executive Summary Bangladesh is often overlooked with MENA funds flowing into Pakistan and India securing its own focused funds, attributed to its country size. Additionally, Bangladesh is also isolated from ASEAN. However, the country, home to 165 Mn people, is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, with a GDP per capita higher than […]

Reimagining Healthcare in Bangladesh Through Blended Finance and Impact-Oriented Capital

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Despite significant socio-economic developments, Bangladesh still remains to have less than 1% of GDP allocation for the healthcare sector. While public spending increases at a rate slower than the growing demand, how can we attract more private funding into the Healthcare sector? Public Healthcare Sector Bangladesh has made significant socio-economic developments in recent years, with […]

Levering Startup Investments for Bangladesh’s Economic Growth

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Over the last decade, Bangladeshi Startups have raised over US$800Mn investments, spearheading the economy and creating 1.5Mn+ direct and indirect employment opportunities while positively impacting the citizens’ day-to-day lives. In the first half of 2022, Bangladeshi startups raised over US$90Mn. But what will drive the country’s startup ecosystem to the next height? When will we […]

Exploring Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Future

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This letter was first published in the Bimonthly Newsletter of August 2022 Dear Friends and Valued Stakeholders: Energy sustainability has always been a key issue for achieving economic resilience. Bangladesh has come a long way in that regard with 96%+ of the population having access to electricity in 2020 from 32% in 2000 (WorldBank). A large proportion of that […]

Policy Landscape Analysis- Impact Investing in Bangladesh

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Impact investment is any investment made with the intent to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact, alongside a financial return. The global impact investment industry, totaling USD 715 billion, has grown in depth and sophistication over the last decade. As countries worldwide lean towards a values-oriented approach, Bangladesh has been shaping its own trajectory […]

Bangladesh Impact Investment Strategy & Action Plan (BIISAP)

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Impact investment is any investment made with the intent to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact, alongside a financial return. As Bangladesh approaches its middle-income status by 2026, enterprises and other stakeholders anticipate a shift away from mainstream financial instruments for development. Donors are also increasingly transitioning towards blended finance as an approach that accelerates the […]

Design of the VWB Programme to bolster Women’s Economic Empowerment

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Bangladesh’s overall financial inclusion increased by 56.3% between 2011 to 2018, driven by strong policy support from the government, initiatives by the private sector, and involvement by the multilateral development partners. For equitable economic growth and poverty reduction, it is essential to increase access and usage of innovative financial products and services. Giving underprivileged groups financial access […]

The Payments Landscape: Are Digital Payments Important?

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Over the last decade, the payments landscape in Bangladesh has undergone a structural shift. With the change in consumer behavior, the landscape is becoming digital —moving towards contactless and cashless transactions. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of the digital payments landscape. A Promising Landscape Fuelled By A Growing Economy The Bangladesh economy has withstood […]

Exporting to Bangladesh: Market Outlook and Opportunities for US Business

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Seamless Global, US-Bangladesh Business Council, International Trade Administration, and LightCastle Partners jointly hosted a webinar on 20th April, Wednesday at 9:00 pm. The webinar focused on trade and investment opportunities for US enterprises in Bangladesh. Zahedul Amin, Co-founder & Director at LightCastle Partners joined the webinar as a keynote speaker. We have published the keynote presentation deck here for your […]

The Impact of Climate Change on Bangladesh (Part III: Air)

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Life on Earth is only possible because of the atmosphere, so it goes without saying that any change to this security blanket we have has massive impacts on all of humanity. This article is the third of a three-part series detailing the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh. The first and second articles covered the impacts on […]

The Impact of Climate Change on Bangladesh (Part II: Water)

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This article is part two of a three-part series that divides the impacts of climate change on land, air, and water in Bangladesh. It focuses on all the different ways in which the water cycle is affected by climate change and its impacts on the country. Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and makes up 60% of an adult human body. […]

Bangladesh Shrimp Sector: Transitioning Towards Sustainable Growth

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The Bangladeshi shrimp sector enables livelihood opportunities for millions of people residing in the southern part of the country. Once labeled as the next big export driver, the Shrimp sector is currently at a juncture with two distinct schools of thought: introducing Vannamei (White legged) production in the Bangladesh shrimp ecosystem or pursuing Monodon (Black Tiger) as a premium […]
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