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FDI Inflow in Bangladesh: Time to Rethink and Redesign Policies

Regardless of the high economic growth of 8.1% prior to the pandemic, Bangladesh  has struggled to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country which can be explained by the low FDI to GDP ratio of 0.5% in 2019. Infrastructural challenges and gap in policy implementation are some of the primary reasons. Naturally, the yearlong […]

Global FinTech Progression and Bangladesh

Today you can stay at your home in self-isolation and order your grocery delivery, without having to worry about exchanging cash. Thanks to FinTech, you can do it with your smartphone. While mobile financial services are transforming the traditional money transaction process and fostering e-wallet adoption in Bangladesh, the wide-ranging opportunities of fin-tech, however, remains […]

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. […]

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 […]

Delivery Services in Bangladesh: Coping with COVID-19

With technological advancement, getting deliveries at home or office whether it is grocery or a parcel, has never been easier. It takes one click to get products or food at the doorsteps and this is due to the logistic service providers. The rapid growth in e-Commerce in Bangladesh has  been a windfall to local logistics […]

From Push Carts to Playstores: Shifting Consumer Trends in Grocery Retail Industry Amidst COVID-19

While the consumers have been cutting back on most of their purchases during the COVID-19 outbreak, grocery retailers are winning out. The overwhelming demands for grocery shopping which started with ‘panic buying’, now appears as a logical consumption strategy to survive in the lockdown. The impact in consumer sentiment is highly noticeable in the grocery […]

COVID-19 & Tourism: A Tragic End to the Thriving Industry?

The adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be observed in almost every economic sector more or less, but the tourism sector undoubtedly tops the list. Before the pandemic, the global tourism sector was growing significantly at more than 3.5% growth while the global economy grew by 2.5%. With airplanes being grounded and the luxury […]

Oil & Gold Price: Global Market Turned Upside Down Amidst COVID-19

While most countries have enforced economic lockdowns as an effective measure to slow COVID-19 spread, the global oil economy has been hit hard as demands dried up. The price of crude oil was already volatile since the beginning of 2020 due to the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and then the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Spanish Flu & COVID-19: The Parallels and Polarities

While the world today is shaken by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, history reveals that pandemics are rare, yes, but they do occur periodically. The year 2018 was the 100th anniversary of one of the most devastating outbreaks in centuries, Spanish flu, also known as the mother of all pandemics.  The last century has also witnessed […]

Coronavirus Vaccines: State of Progress

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has changed the world dynamics by killing thousands of people and pushing nationwide shutdowns in almost every country. The virus is still running its course and the curve is yet to be flattened in most of the countries. Even after the curve flattens, the majority of […]

COVID-19 in Bangladesh: A Visual Guide to the Economic Impact

As the global economy is facing the ‘Great lockdown’ recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy of Bangladesh too, has been hit hard. With only 15% of the country’s population making more than USD 6 per day, Bangladesh stands in a vulnerable position to tackle the economic impact of COVID-19. This article tries to […]

Single-Use Plastic: Is A Catastrophe Awaiting Bangladesh?

While plastic can be considered a miracle material, single-use plastic is as deadly as it gets due to its multiple negative impacts on the environment, health and economy. Single-use plastics, also termed as disposable plastics, are meant to be tossed or recycled after one-time use. These items include polythene bags, sachets, straws, food wrappers, plastic […]

E-Governance: Empowering Citizens through Simplified Services

In Bangladesh where red-tapism and speed money are deep-seated in public administration, e-Governance can bring about a positive change by putting an end to these bureaucratic tangles. E-Governance or electric governance refers to the delivery of government services through the application of information and communication technology (ICT). Bangladesh is one of the fastest-growing economies in […]

Prospects of Plastics Sector: A Rarely Told Story

Since the discovery of plastic, rapid commercialization has made plastic products an inseparable part of our lives. In fact, about 359 million metric ton of plastics were produced globally earning USD 13.2 billion in 2018 with a CAGR of 6.5%. Meanwhile, plastic has been recognized as the 12th highest export earning sector in Bangladesh which […]
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