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Meet Bangladesh Asia's Net Big Opportunity at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, SW1P 3EE - 26th to 27th November 2010

As Asia emerges from the global economic crisis faster than the rest of the world, it is increasingly clear the world's centre of gravity is shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We believe there may be more undiscovered and less crowded opportunities in some of the next most populous countries in Asia - such as Bangladesh, a country of 160 million people. It is included in the Goldman Sachs "Next 11" (N11), a term Chief Economist Jim O Neill has coined to refer to the countries after the BRICs that are likely to have the largest impact on the future shape of the global economy.
Bangladesh is also included in the JP Morgan "Frontier Five".
'Meet Bangladesh - Asia's Next Big Opportunity' is a first-of-its-kind initiative of Bangladesh Brand Forum, which will present the country and the unique opportunities that it offers.

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ADB to help Bangladesh improve delivery of tax, land management services - 23rd September 2010

Bangladesh is to receive financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help make the delivery of public services more efficient and transparent.

ADB is extending a loan of $25 million equivalent along with an associated technical assistance grant of $800,000 for the Strengthening Governance Management Project. Using state of the art information and communications technology, the project will introduce online filing of tax returns, digitize land records management in selected districts, and establish 40 specialized tax and land information and service centers for easy access to information.

Bangladesh currently struggles to fund its development needs, with a limited resource base, compounded by low levels of direct taxes. Weak governance hampers the delivery of public services, and poor land records management often causes lengthy court battles, which are a major burden for the poor.

Source: New Nation

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China to back investment - 21st September 2010

Chinese government is encouraging its entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh to improve bilateral trade and business relations between the two countries. Addressing the inaugural function of the Bangladesh's "National Day" at the Shanghai Expo 2010, Chinese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Song Tao said his government is aware about the huge trade gap with Bangladesh, which is expected to reduce in favour of Bangladesh with increasing investment from China gradually.

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan, who flew to Shanghai to attend the special day for Bangladesh, told the minister that the Chinese businessmen would get all support from the government to make their investment profitable. Currently, Bangladesh has a huge trade gap with China as the country import capital machinery, electronics, buses and other home ware while export garment, frozen foods, yarn and some other commodity products. Both Khan and Tao hoped that the export from Bangladesh to China would increase voluminously in near future as China already offered Bangladesh duty-free access for hundreds of products while Chinese investment in Bangladesh is increasing gradually.

Source: New Nation

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Japanese urged to set up auto spare parts making plants - 12th November 2009

Automobile workshop owners and spare parts sellers yesterday urged Japanese vehicle manufacturers to set up spare parts making plants in Bangladesh to ensure a smooth supply of genuine auto parts to local market.
Counterfeit automobile parts with the brand names of famous companies are now dominating the market, causing huge troubles to workshop owners and vehicle users, they told a seminar in Dhaka.
"Almost 90 percent of the total vehicles are of Japanese origin and more significantly from Toyota. So the Japanese auto giant can set up a spare parts plant in the country to benefit its customers," said Belayet Hossain, president of Bangladesh Automobiles Workshop Owners Association.
Over one lakh buses and trucks and 16 lakh other vehicles are on the country roads now and most of those are imported from Japan, said Anisur Rahman, an adviser to Bangladesh Motor Parts and Tyre Tube Merchants Association.

Source: Daily Star

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Push for duty cut, not free access - 21st October 2009

US trade envoy says in recommendation for Bangladesh exports
Bangladesh should push for duty reduction and preference programme rather than demanding duty-free access of its products to US market, said Assistant US Trade Representative (USTR) for Central and South Asia Michael J Delaney yesterday.
The third option for Bangladesh is to continue negotiation for signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US for getting bilateral trade advantages, he said.
"But, it (FTA) is highly theoretical and it may not be possible for Bangladesh right at this moment," Delaney said at the monthly luncheon meeting of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Bangladesh at Dhaka Sheraton hotel.
So Bangladesh should continue dialogue with the US for duty reduction and preference programme to enjoy low duty in the US market, he said.
"The present preference programme of the US government will expire at the end of this year. But, the government will continue such programme in a modified form," Delaney said. Under the preference programme, the duty is very low in the US market, he added.

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US firm to launch pharma consultancy - 21st October 2009

Amreteck Pharma, a US-based pharmaceuticals consultancy, is set to roll out full-fledged operations in Bangladesh by November, aiming to enhance the quality of local medicines.
The company will provide strategic tools and systems to pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh to make high-quality medicines, said Anowar Sadat, chief of the company's local operations.
"Manufacturing good-quality medicine and acquiring more export markets are interconnected and Amreteck comes to bridge the gap and bring companies in compliance with each country's export regulations and standards," he said.
"We would mainly provide consultancy service and facilitate the local pharmaceutical sector with experiences and expertise the company gathered in the US," Sadat said.
"Formal operations will start by the end of November, when our pharmaceutical experts from the US and UK come to Bangladesh to visit the production units of different companies and find areas that need improvements," he added.

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Govt to bring dynamism in economy: minister - 16th October 2009

The finance ministry Thursday formed a committee to give recommendations to safeguard the country's textile sector from the aftermath of global financial recession.
Former finance minister M Syeduzzaman will lead the nine-member committee that has been asked to place its suggestions in a month, said a finance ministry order.
The committee was formed in line with the decisions taken by the national taskforce on global financial recession in its meeting last month.
It has been tasked with formulating recommendations to beef up the overall export growth in the post-recession period.
Readymade garment sector led the double-digit export growth achieved in the last fiscal year ending June 2009 amid negative exports of major Asian countries like China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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Bangladesh to become carmaker - 13th October 2009

Bangladesh is set to become an automaker by the next two years, as a South Korean investment company yesterday announced a plan to invest $2 billion for setting up a Korean brand car manufacturing plant in the country.
The proposed car unit is expected to go into production in 2012, targeting to make 50,000 Korean Tagaz brand cars a year, and sell those in both local and international markets.
The plant will also manufacture cars to be branded locally.
If the plant is set up in time, it will be the first-ever car making venture in Bangladesh.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua formally unveiled the $2 billion investment plan, and termed it as a good sign for Bangladesh amid a sluggish foreign investment flow.

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Knitwear exports targeted high - 9th October 2009

Bangladesh has aimed high to become the second largest global knitwear exporting nation taking over Turkey in the current fiscal year that will be ended in next June.
Export promotion bureau vice-chairman Shahab Ullah told New Age that the strategic target of the current fiscal was to hold the second place of the leading knitwear exporting countries.
Turkey is holding the second position after China who exported knitwear worth $27 billion in recent years. Bangladesh has taken the third position since last year, toppling India with $5.5 knitwear exports in 2007-08.
Knitwear, which became the country's top export item for last couple of years enabled the country to fetch $6.4 billion out of total exports of $15.56 billion in 2008-09 fiscal.
Turkey managed to export knitwear items worth about $7 billion during the same period, said the EPB official.

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Bangladesh receives US$ 130m to provide electricity in rural Bangladesh - 3rd September 2009

The Government of Bangladesh yesterday signed a credit agreement worth US$ 130 million with the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank's concessionary arm to help to increase access to electricity through installation of affordable Solar Home Systems in rural areas.
This US$ 130 million IDA credit is provided as Additional Financing to the existing Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED) project, which has already connected around 600,000 consumers to the electricity grid, constructed about 8,500 km of new distribution, and provided 320,000 consumers with Solar Home Systems since 2003. Still, only 40% of the population has access to electricity in Bangladesh. Power shortages and load shedding are severe, especially in rural areas, which hurt rural population and impede economic growth and industrial development.
The additional project financing will continue support to the Government of Bangladesh in providing electricity to the remote areas, and reducing load shedding through demand side management measures.

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Dhaka to press zero tariff for major exports - 2nd September 2009

Bangladesh will negotiate with rich countries to incorporate major exportable products in the duty-free and quota-free category at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Summit, due in Geneva on November 30-December 2.
It also plans to join other least developed countries (LDCs) in raising a common voice to resolve different issues in the Geneva meet, the seventh of its kind.
The developed countries in 2005 promised at the Hong Kong meet of the World Trade Organisation a zero tariff benefit for around 97 percent products from the LDCs, but the majority of the items are not produced in those countries.
Consequently, a few LDCs could reap such a benefit offered by rich countries, Amitava Chakraborty, director general of the WTO Cell at the commerce ministry, said in a press briefing in Dhaka yesterday.
"We will put our utmost efforts in getting some exportable items listed in the duty-free category at the Geneva summit. These items include readymade garment, leather, frozen foods and home textile," Chakraborty said.

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Develop fashion schools - 25th August 2009

The revised annual development programme (ADP) recorded 86 percent implementation last fiscal year, 4 percentage points higher than in the previous financial year.
The amount spent on the projects under ADP in FY2008-09 is Tk 19,686 crore against the revised ADP of Tk 23,000 crore, while Tk 18,455 crore was spent under the 2007-08 ADP.
Data shows the power sector project implementation pace in the immediate past fiscal year is slower than the average rate.
Of the Tk 19,686 crore implemented, Tk 11,755 crore is the local component or internal resources, which is 92 percent of Tk 12,800 crore, the amount supposed to be mobilised locally as per the revised ADP.
The foreign project aid came for the last fiscal year's ADP is Tk 7,913 crore, or 78 percent of the Tk 10,200 crore assumed as external resources.
The high-priority power sector spent Tk 2,204 crore, or 82 percent of the amount allocated after a 23 percent cut in the revised budget. The original amount set aside for the development of this sector was Tk 2,676 crore.

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Pharma industry set for expansion - 24th August 2009

Leading pharmaceutical companies are set to expand operations to meet local demand that industry insiders expect to double by 2015.
Eight in top 10 revenue earners of 2008 have laid out plans to increase production capacities. Industry leaders said greater public health awareness and investments boosted the sector, setting a new benchmark for turnover every year.
"Demand for pharmaceutical products in the domestic market is fast rising and this prompted us to go for expansion," said Mizanur Rahman Sinha, managing director of Acme Laboratories Ltd. "I believe the local market for pharmaceuticals will double by 2015."
"At the same time, we have to meet the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) criteria, set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). With our present infrastructure, it is not possible to ensure international standards of compliance. So, we are going to set up a bigger and better factory to meet requirements," he added.

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Power lags in average ADP pace - 24th August 2009

The revised annual development programme (ADP) recorded 86 percent implementation last fiscal year, 4 percentage points higher than in the previous financial year.
The amount spent on the projects under ADP in FY2008-09 is Tk 19,686 crore against the revised ADP of Tk 23,000 crore, while Tk 18,455 crore was spent under the 2007-08 ADP.
Data shows the power sector project implementation pace in the immediate past fiscal year is slower than the average rate.
Of the Tk 19,686 crore implemented, Tk 11,755 crore is the local component or internal resources, which is 92 percent of Tk 12,800 crore, the amount supposed to be mobilised locally as per the revised ADP.
The foreign project aid came for the last fiscal year's ADP is Tk 7,913 crore, or 78 percent of the Tk 10,200 crore assumed as external resources.

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New bond on cards for renewable energy development - 10th August 2009

The government is considering floatation of bond to create a separate fund exclusively for the development of renewable energy, the agriculture minister said yesterday.
"We have taken many steps to promote renewable energy and business to benefit the poor and bring down the cost within their capability. We are also thinking of floating bond to create a separate fund, " Matia Chowdhury told a roundtable conference in Dhaka yesterday.
Bangladesh Renewable Energy Society (BRES) organised the discussion on 'Implementation of National Renewable Energy Policy' at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
Prime Minister's Adviser on Energy Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury also spoke at the programme.

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Bangladesh needs industry-specific educational institutions - 5th August 2009

Marico executive tells New Age
The new generation business executives are becoming global now and very much capable of rendering world class marketing and management services to multinational companies and local conglomerates.
But for extracting outputs and excellence from them, local companies or MNCs will have to provide the pool of emerging business skills with right training and logistics, an executive at a fast moving consumer goods multinational said.
'Bangladeshi youths are becoming more and more global in recent years.' said Milind Sarwate, chief of HR and Strategy at the Mumbai-based Marico.
Talking with New Age exclusively last week, Milind, a Harvard MBA, assessed the potentials in Bangladeshi youths and focused diverse issues.
'They can easily catch the issues and targets of the multinational companies. If their employers equip them well, they show the magic of winning market,' he said.

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Reform laws for insurers soon - 28th July 2009

The government is set to pass two insurance-related bills in the next parliament session, said the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry yesterday.
The government also considers appointing an ombudsman to settle disputes between the insurance companies and their clients, said AHM Mostafa Kamal.
"We need to reform Insurance Act, 1938 to make it more time-befitting, which will help strengthen the capital base of the market," he said.
So the government is going to enact Insurance Ordinance 2008 and Insurance Regulatory Authority Ordinance 2008 in the upcoming session, he added.
Kamal was speaking at a discussion between the parliamentary standing committee and Bangladesh Insurance Association organised by the association in Dhaka.

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BB must take views from stakeholders on monetary policy: MCCI - 23rd July 2009

The central bank's consultation with trade body leaders and entrepreneurs prior to finalising its monetary policy will boost investor confidence and improve business climate, said the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday.
The central bank released its mid-term monetary policy on Sunday, hoping for economic growth at 6 percent in fiscal 2009-10, despite global recession hurting exports.
According to Bangladesh Bank (BB), growth of gross domestic product (GDP) might fall to 5.5 - 6.0 percent in the current fiscal year, although the projection was termed conservative.

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Method to push up industrial profit - 23rd July 2009

Profitability of Tusuka Trousers Ltd, a Gazipur-based export-oriented garment factory, increased by 21 percent in a seven-month period last year as it could save around Tk 24.41 lakh per month by adopting a productivity improvement method.
The method mainly focuses on five components -- land and building, raw materials, machinery, workforce, and power and energy, and minimises costs in every segment.
Bangladeshi entrepreneurs spend a lot in these components, said Aminda Atthanayake, managing director and principal consultant of a Sri Lankan industrial consulting firm operating in Bangladesh since 2000.

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Bangladesh stands tall in Asia's export - 20th July 2009

Bangladesh stood tall with 11.88 per cent export growth until May 2009 amid tumbling shipments from major Asian countries because of the lingering global financial slump.
Goods worth $14.14 billion were shipped out of the country between July 2008 and May 2009, compared to $12.63 billion during the same period of last year, according to official data.
China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand were struggling to stop the free fall in export shipments as the global recession cut demand for goods in both sides of the Atlantic.

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BB upbeat on GDP growth - 20th July 2009

The economy will grow at 6 percent in fiscal 2009-10 despite the global downturn that weighed on exports, the central bank said in its monetary policy released yesterday.
According to Bangladesh Bank (BB), the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) might fall in the range of 5.5 percent and 6 percent for the current fiscal year.
Still, the projection was a conservative one, said BB. The economy may exceed the 6 percent growth projection if infrastructure development -- especially through public-private partnership -- can be ensured, it said in the policy statement.
"The projection is likely to be outperformed if the global economy recovers faster and if the various initiatives proposed in the fiscal 2010 national budget can be implemented in right earnest," it said.
The economy grew 5.9 percent in the previous fiscal year, the slowest rate since 2002-03, as output cooled due to the global economic slowdown.

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Issues between Dhaka, Delhi to be resolved through talks: Zillur - 20th July 2009

President Zillur Rahman today said the outstanding issues between Bangladesh and India would be resolved amicably through dialogue and negotiations as the two countries are trusted friends and next-door neighbours.
"I firmly believe the pending unsolved issues between the two countries would be solved through dialogue and negotiations," he said while addressing the convocation of the University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS) at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city.
Visiting former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam attended the function as convocation speaker while Dr Gowher Rizvi, adviser to the prime minister, was special guest on the occasion.

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Minister says more ICT access to rural people soon - 20th July 2009

The government is set to take measures to enhance access of information and communication technology (ICT) to rural communities, the state minister for science and ICT said yesterday.
"We need to take steps to increase rural ICT penetration and give them opportunities to gain expertise," said Yeafesh Osman.
"If we can educate rural farmers in ICT, they would get proper know-how on production, which would help increase local production and eventually boost the national economy,' he added.
The state minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a national training workshop styled "Empowering Rural Areas Through Community E-Centres," jointly organised by the Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Unescap) in Dhaka.

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New industrial policy this year - 20th July 2009

A new industrial policy with measures to encourage and promote public-private sector initiatives will be announced this year.
Indicating this at a luncheon meeting of Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) at Hotel Radisson, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said the government wants a rapid growth of industries that would generate employment opportunities.
"I think high interest rate is one of the major obstacles to industrialisation," said Barua.
The government has suggested slashing the bank-lending rate to a single digit for supporting industrialisation.

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President stresses local production of raw materials for pharmaceuticals - 20th July 2009

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised producing the pharmaceutical raw materials locally to facilitate flourishing of the pharmaceutical industry.
"Our pharmaceutical industries are dependent on imported raw materials. Efforts will have to be made to produce the raw materials locally for further developing these industries," he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Virgo Pharmaceuticals Limited at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
The President said it is urgently needed to build Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) Park to produce the raw materials for the country's burgeoning industry.
"The educational institutions particularly the universities will have to make effective efforts in creating skilled manpower for the development of the pharmaceutical industries," he said, adding that the investors should come forward towards making such trained work-force.

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NDB Group launches operations in Bangladesh - 16th July 2009

NDB Capital Limited, NDB Bank's Bangladesh joint venture investment bank was launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh. NDB Capital Limited hopes to contribute to the development of the capital markets in Bangladesh. NDB Capital Limited was formed by the NDB Group acquiring a controlling stake in Capital Market Services Limited, a licensed merchant bank in Bangladesh.
The investment gave NDB Bank a 77.8 percent equity stake in the merchant bank. NDB Capital Limited plans to introduce a range of innovative investment banking products in Bangladesh to fulfil the needs of the market.
The Company would customize globally available products to the Bangladeshi market conditions, practices and regulatory framework. A spokesman for NDB Group said that there would be opportunities for corporate advisory services such as feasibility studies leading to fund-raising, restructuring, diagnostic studies and mergers and acquisitions.

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Ford eyes strong foothold - 15th July 2009

With the launch of new 2010 car models through an agent in Bangladesh, Ford Motor Company, a US automobile giant, has expanded its business here at a time when carmakers are facing slack sales in the wake of financial crisis worldwide.
The company eyes a good share in Bangladesh's posh car market, as its officials and others said at a function in Dhaka on Monday, organised by AG Automobiles Limited, a concern of Anwar Group that has been appointed as the US carmaker's local seller.
AG Automobiles has already sold 68 different brands of Ford vehicles here.
This local firm will introduce a wide range of new 2010 Ford models, including Ranger Pickup, Everest SUV and Focus cars.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan formally launched the Ford's new version at a showroom at Uttara. Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty and Managing Director of Anwar Group Hossain Khaled were also present.

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Govt to simplify one-stop service in industries - 14th July 2009

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday the government wants to simplify the one-stop service in the industrial sector to encourage investment by foreign entrepreneurs and expatriate Bangladeshis.
"The one-stop service facility will be made effective by simplifying legal and procedural formalities to encourage investment by foreign entrepreneurs and expatriate Bangladeshis," he said at the national forum on City Cluster Economic Development in South Asian Countries in Dhaka.
Asian Development Bank organised the programme in cooperation with the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) and Strategic Planning and Management Services (SPMS), Australia, at a city hotel with CUS Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam in the chair.

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BTRC moves to ease mobile users' woes - 13th July 2009

The telecom watchdog is set to launch a benchmark for mobile phone operators to ensure quality of their services, a move that is expected to safeguard the users' interests in the Bangladesh's rapidly growing telecom market.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has already prepared a draft guideline on 'Quality of Service (QoS) Parameters for Mobile Telecom Service' and sought stakeholders' views to finalise it.
QoS parameter has been in place in different countries like Australia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore. The parameter is mainly set from customers' perspective by verifying what the mobile operators pledge to do and actually what they provide to the users.

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BB Boss Sees No 'Slowdown' In GDP Growth - 8th June 2009

The central bank chief does not see GDP growth slowing in the coming fiscal year due to "mounting impact of the global recession" as forecast by a number of economic reports in recent days.
"No matter who says what, I don't think GDP growth will see any contraction in the next fiscal," Bangladesh Bank governor Atiur Rahman said at a 'Budget Reporting' seminar organised by the Economic Reporters Forum in the capital.
Rejecting predictions by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and local economists, Rahman said, "GDP growth in the coming fiscal will be around the same as this year's - 5.9 percent, as forecast by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics."

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SMEs See 'Double-Digit Growth' Over Past 2 Years - 2nd June 2009

The SME sector has seen double digit growth over the past two years, outpacing the country's economic performance as a whole, the SME Foundation's managing director said on Tuesday.
"The sector began seeing growth of 8-9 percent from about 1990, and went into double digits in the past two years," Momtaz Uddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com.
Though small and medium enterprises comprised mainly food and textile producers in the 1990s, the sector has grown to include light engineering, plastics, medicine, furniture, cement and more, he said.
He also pointed out that poverty alleviation is possible through support and development of SMEs.

Source: Bangladesh News

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ICB Takes Over From BB To Run EEF - 1st June 2009

The state-run Investment Corporation of Bangladesh on Monday took responsibilities of the distribution of Equity and Entrepreneurship Fund (EEF) from Bangladesh Bank.
"According to rules of business Bangladesh Bank is not responsible for distribution of EEF. It's a government fund and Bangladesh Bank has helped so far in distribution of fund through its manpower," the deputy governor of the central bank, Md Nazrul Huda, said at the handover ceremony.
"The ICB can do this work very well and Bangladesh Bank will overseeing their work," he said.

Source: Bangladesh News

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Recommendations of the CPD Conference on Development with Equity and Justice Immediate Tasks for the Newly Elected Government - 4th April 2009

This Report puts forward recommendations emerging from the Conference on Development with Equity and Justice: Immediate Tasks for the Newly Elected Government organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). The Conference was held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre during March 28-29, 2009. The purpose of the Conference was to identify a set of actionable agendas in the context of the developmental challenges facing the Bangladesh economy in the present juncture.
In all, five sessions were held as part of the Conference. These were: Macroeconomic Management in the Face of Global Economic Crisis, Food Security and Containing Price Inflation, Energy Sector: Challenges of Adding New Capacity, ICT for Development: The Immediate Doables, and 100-Day Employment Generation Programme: Challenges of Effective Implementation. Concerned Ministers, Members of the Parliament, high level policymakers, political leaders, academics, development practitioners, civil society activists and experts and development partners participated in these sessions.

Source: CENTRE FOR POLICY DIALOGUE (CPD) - Bangladesh 

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Doing Business 2008 Bangladesh - World Bank Group

The following pages present the summary Doing Business indicators for Bangladesh along with the comparator economies selected. The data used for this country profile come from the Doing Business database and are summarized in graphs and tables. This report allows a comparison of the economies not only with one another but also with the "best practice" economy for each indicator.

Source: World Bank Group

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