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Compliant factories in Bangladesh – Intl. collaboration welcome

While constantly reviewing and updating our extensive internal database about Bangladeshi factories, not only in the ready-made garments (RMG) sector but also across the board, we find increasing number of compliant factories in Bangladesh, which encourages us to continue and strengthening efforts further. Our time-consuming, detail and surgical data analysis is the core of our […]

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Foreign employment must be brought under regulations in Bangladesh

Supervisory authority of foreign investments and businesses in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) asked all foreign companies and business entities, such as the branch/liaison/representative offices, to provide it with information about their foreign employees in order to obtain required services from them. Operating business by foreign entity without registration and subsequent permission from […]

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Foreign employment must be brought under regulations in Bangladesh

Supervisory authority of foreign investments and businesses in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) asked all foreign companies and business entities, such as the branch/liaison/representative offices, to provide it with information about their foreign employees in order to obtain required services from them. Operating business by foreign entity without registration and subsequent permission from […]

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Bangladesh passes EPZ Labour Ordinance

Bangladesh published official gazette about the EPZ Labour Ordinance for the country’s eight Export Processing Zones (EPZs), employing more than half a million workers in factories inside those special industrial parks. The EPZs are governed by a separate authority, the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) administered out of the Prime Minister’s Office, and a separate law empowering […]

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Enforcement of laws against illegal employment in Bangladesh

The tax authority of Bangladesh, the National Board of Revenue’s (NBR), is joining hands with the law-enforcing agencies and investment promotion authority of Bangladesh to identify foreign citizens working in Bangladesh illegally – without employment visa, work-permit and income tax payment in Bangladesh. Usually the illegal employees enter into Bangladesh on tourist or business visa, which […]

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Maternity Benefits in Bangladesh

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Women, performing manual and physical (other than intellectual, administrative, supervisory or managerial) labour in Bangladesh are entitled to 16 weeks of Maternity Benefits. The terms and conditions of employment, including the Maternity Benefits, of the female staff at the intellectual, administrative, supervisory or managerial positions should be regulated in the employment contract. No paid maternity leave shall be […]

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Upto 30 percent less from payments out of Bangladesh

Foreign or non-resident recipients of payments from Bangladesh may be surprised by receiving up-to 30 percent less than the due or invoiced amount. The remitting banks from Bangladesh is obliged to deduct, mostly 20 percent, which may go as high as 30 percent, depending on the nature and type of the payment, without a specific […]

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Explosives screening mandatory for direct cargo services to the EU

The European Union (EU) authorities include Bangladesh to the high-risk countries in terms of operating direct cargo services to the EU, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). The EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon informed this decision at a meeting with CAAB Chairman Air Vice-Marshal Ehsanul Gani Chowdhury at the latter’s office yesterday, meeting sources […]

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Japanese companies rate Bangladesh as top investment destination: JETRO Survey

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Competitive wages, low energy prices and cheap production cost as a result, rated Bangladesh the top investment destination for Japanese companies last year, according to a recent survey. The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) conducted the survey on more than 20 countries in Asia and Oceania, which found Bangladesh as the most lucrative investment destination both in manufacturing […]

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Bangladesh among worst places to work: Garment sector found to be key culprit

Bangladesh is one of the ‘worst’ places in the world to work, where workers’ rights are not guaranteed, according to a global survey. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), in a survey launched on Wednesday, ranks Bangladesh, along with 27 other countries, on the fifth category-a sign of “no guarantee of rights”. It, however, referred […]

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Another $25m IFC loan to a Bangladeshi company PRAN

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International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector development arm of the World Bank Group, has provided yet another $25 million loan […]

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

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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 […]