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Onion Crisis Highlights Weaknesses of Local Commodity Market

Onions are dear to the cuisine of the sub-continent, so a shocking rise of 658% over the past year in the price of local onions alarmed consumers and has become a hotly discussed topic for the entire nation. The steep rise has been attributed to several causes, such as a lack of imports from India, […]

Shipbuilding Industry in a Slump

As a country rich with rivers and waterways, Bangladesh has been a hotspot for shipbuilding since the Mughal era. Until recent times, it was better known for its shipbreaking industry. Bangladesh became a ship-exporting country in 2008 when orders for multi-purpose carriers began to come largely from European countries such as the Netherlands and Germany. […]

Bangladesh: An Unexpected Leader in Green RMG

Despite being a developing country with a ready-made garments sector that is focused on cheap production, Bangladesh leads the world in “green RMG” . Green RMG, the increase of which has also been termed the green revolution, refers to environmentally-sustainable production practices in the sector. It includes waste management, energy efficiency, and water conservation. As […]

Online Learning – A Catalyst for Narrowing the Education Gap in Bangladesh

Online education throughout the world has been recently going through a boom, currently offering fully-fledged degrees from some of the world’s top universities on platforms like edX and Coursera. Though they haven’t gone as far as to replace traditional classroom learning, they have provided alternative avenues for those seeking quality education and are constrained by […]

SMP Regulation Seeking to Limit Grameenphone

With the increasing dominance of connectivity in day-to-day life, the telecommunications industry has benefited off of the ravenous demand for connection through traditional voice call services and newer data services. Bangladesh is the world’s 9th largest mobile market with 88 million unique subscribers as of 2018, a number that increases every day. Amidst the growth […]

Crab industry: Opportunities abound for private investment

Crab Industry is added to the Special Development Sector as per Export Policy Act 2018-21 The crab sub sector in Bangladesh provides livelihood support to many families residing in the southern belt of Bangladesh. In FY 2017-18, Bangladesh produced 11,787 MT of Crabs of which 97% were exported across the globe for an estimated export […]

A Brief Overview: Asian Development Bank Tracer Study – “Bangladesh: Computer and Software Engineering Tertiary Education in 2018”

Carried on the back of its competitive apparel industry and large pool of migrant remittances, Bangladesh’s strong and admirable growth in recent years is the product of multiple factors. However, behind this picture lies another story not talked about nearly as much–the role of education in enabling this transformation. As the economy matures, the engines […]

[Infographic] Foreign Direct Investments in Bangladesh

Despite steady economic growth of the country over the past decade, investment has been comparatively low in Bangladesh compared to regional peers. The investment to GDP ratio stood at 31.2% as of FY 2017-18, which is significantly lower than the level expected for catapulting the economy forward. Although policymakers have devised policies for attracting FDIs […]

What an Indian Recession Could Mean for Bangladesh?

Regional economic power in South Asia has primarily been concentrated in India. However, with Bangladesh’s meteoric rise to regional prominence–owing to its booming economy–the economic balance of power in the region is beginning to show the first signs of a paradigm shift. India was the strongest regional economy over the 40 years between 1970 and […]

[Infographic] Setting up Business Operations in Bangladesh

Basic documentation requirements for setting up operations in Bangladesh are not complex to prepare but an understanding of country specific requirements would help investors go through a more efficient process. Broadly speaking, there are five steps to setting a business operation in Bangladesh. The first step is to register the company with the Registrar of […]

[Infographic] Latest Startup Funding and Deals in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s startup ecosystem has picked up rapidly since 2013 – driven by participation from angels; rise of eco-system enablers like co-working space, community events, local and global incubators; and a growing active interest from government/development partners. However, major deals and growth have started happening since the end of 2017. Foreign investors and startups are attracted […]

[Infographic] Sector wise Investments (BIDA)

The Least Developed Country (LDC) status of Bangladesh enables the country to benefit from preferential trade and investment policies sanctioned by European and North American markets. Low cost of labour and lower overhead cost compared to regional peers have enabled the country to operate at a cost advantage; the apparel sector has been the main […]

[Infographic] The Financial Market in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s formal financial sector can be broadly segmented into two buckets: formal and others. The formal sector can again be subdivided into four categories. Microfinance, Insurance, Banks and NBFIs. As of today, the sector consists of 59 scheduled commercial banks with 3 new banks recently approved by the Bangladesh Bank, taking the tally up to […]

[Infographic] Bangladesh by the Numbers

Bangladesh GDP has been a strong indicator of growth due to its consistent upward trajectory in the last decade or so. Although the country reported numbers remain optimistically higher than those predicted by the World Bank, ADB or IMF, the recurrent census among all institutions reassure that Bangladesh performed consistently higher than its regional peers. […]

[Presentation] Bangladesh CSE IIT Graduate Tracer Study

The information technology and information technology-enabled services (IT/ITES) industries require skilled human resources to unlock their potential. This will provide the foundation for take-off, which, for now, is falling short. As envisioned in Digital Bangladesh, the IT/ITES industries can adopt the latest technologies across different industries and should grow hand in hand with other drivers […]
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