The middle class in the making

  Bangladesh is embracing a new ‘driver in-between’, the army of consumers that leads the economic forces   Bangladesh has been in the recent decades undergoing a transformation of arguably the most dominant segment of its population – the middle class. One of Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Bangladesh moves up seven notches

Bangladesh has been ranked the 99th most competitive economy in the world, up seven notches from last year's ranking, on the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2017-18.   This is the highest ranking for Bangladesh since the index was introduced in Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The missing middle in business

  When a $65-million theme park on the outskirt of Dhaka opened its gateway to Western-style amusement back in the early 2000s, it was seen by many as a strong evidence of the fast-growing middle class with diverse appetites. Soon after Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Bangladesh: Building resilience in the eye of the storm

  While flying along the coast of Bangladesh earlier this year, I saw from the sky a vast, serene delta landscape, crisscrossed by innumerable rivers and contoured paddy fields.   Nonetheless, I was aware that this apparent quietude might well be the calm Thursday, July 27th, 2017

‘Challenges endless, possibilities unlimited’

  The government has progressed much with its countrywide economic zones plan and Mirsarai Economic Zone alone is expected to fetch US$ 20-25 billion real investment by 2030 ushering in a new era of industrialisation and job creation in the country.   Paban Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Budget 2017-18: A cocktail of populism with economic interests

  Behind a set of challenges like declining exports and remittance growth, stagnant private investment and hefty reliance on foreign financing-highest in history, we got budget for the next financial year 2017-18. In nowhere and no time a budget is approached Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Why Bangladesh needs Entrepreneurship Incubation Centres

  Business incubation programmes are often sponsored by private companies or municipal entities and public institutions, such as colleges and universities. Their goal is to help create and grow young businesses by providing them with necessary support and financial and technical Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Never underestimate the local market!

  How Banga Bazar and Islampur meet our clothing demands   It happened almost silently. The market that has always been underestimated has actually emerged. It was once argued that a few outlets in the city are basically the outcome of leakage or Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Budget 2016-17: Dreaming a stride and reality is not far off

  We want Padma bridge, we need four lane road connectivity with Chittagong for reigning in cost of doing business,  we believe, if implemented Padma rail link project would boost the country’s economic growth by 1.5- 1.75 percentage points, projects of Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Debunking the ‘China collapse’ theory

  Claims that the economy is heading for doom are made by those who profit from exaggeration   ‘China is taking over the world,” was a casual remark by an American blue-collar worker, said in a resigned sort of way.   “I know something about Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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