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Consolidation in the Bangladesh textile industry unavoidable

Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) manufacturers are increasingly sourcing fabrics from abroad due to high price and quality concerns of the local fabrics. Some RMG manufacturers, which used to prefer local fabrics and yarn, mainly taking advantage of purchase on credit, have also been increasingly turning to other destinations, such as China, India and Pakistan for […]

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Beximco’s severe cash crunch may be eased by Sonali Bank

Bangladesh’s state-woned Sonali Bank (SB) has decided to reschedule Tk 982.44 crore of Bangladesh Export Import Company (BEXIMCO) Limited’s loans and extend the repayment period to 2026 to help the conglomerate ride out its severe cash crunch and continue commercial operations. Beximco’s loan rescheduling proposal was approved in entirety last week by the Sonali bank’s […]

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Flats sale, land transfer hit rock bottom

Bangladesh’s real-estate market has been going through a sluggish trend at least for the last eighteen months with the sales of both flats and land reaching rock bottom, business-insiders said. Land prices had been skyrocketing for the last two decades till 2010. In areas of Dhaka and on its outskirts, the prices soared by more than 300 percent […]

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Bangladesh’s export in the USA declined by 8.42 pct

Bangladesh’s export in the USA declined by 8.42 per cent during the first quarter (July-Sept) of the current fiscal (FY), 2014-15, mainly due to poor performance of major exportable items to the US market, reports UNB. In the same period China, India and Viet Nam increased market share in the USA. Bangladesh exports to the […]

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RMG sub-contractors continue operations violating existing laws

Business for about 800 non-compliant ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh goes on violating existing social, environmental and safety laws after more than a year and half of the Rana Plaza disaster which killed 1,135 innocent people. As sub-contractor these factories continue production for the global retailers and brands in very poor working condition and safety records through better presented factories. The Bangladesh ministry of […]

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Is BGMEA Firewall against FDI in RMG sector losing heat?

The government of Bangladesh has reached a consensus with the country’s Ready-made Garments (RMG) industry associations to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) outside the export-processing zones (EPZs) under certain conditions. The final and decisive blow for such agreement may have come from Japan, which, during it’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s 21-hour visit to Bangladesh on the […]

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Korean Export Processing Zone at serious risk

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Instead of handing over the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) to the investor, the government of Bangladesh plans to take back […]

Dhaka needs to remove its rocky anti-FDI atmosphere

Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Yun-young

Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Lee Yun-young has said Bangladesh should come out from protectionism and open up its market […]

‘Welfare Associations’ to negotiate for rights at Bangladesh EPZ

The Government of Bangladesh today approved, in principle, draft of a labour law for Export Processing Zones (EPZ) with the provision […]

Return of GSP seems far off – a lot more must be done

Bangladesh’s progress in implementation of the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity (the Action Plan) which provides a […]

Bangladesh halts shutdown of “unsafe” factories

The Bangladeshi government is refusing to shut down garment factories declared unsafe, following a row with independent inspectors over the […]

Yawning gap between pledges and delivery to Rana Plaza victims

Many Rana Plaza victims are yet to receive the promised compensation from the government and retailers, nine months after the […]