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Bangladesh’s “Ease of doing business Index” Ranking dilemma!

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The highest ranking official of the foreign investment promotion and supervision authority of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), does not believe that Bangladesh would achieve it’s goal improving it’s rank among the 100 best countries in the World Bank’s Ease of doing business Index this year. One of the most senior bureaucrats of […]

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Opportunities beyond clothing in Bangladesh

Bangladesh no longer requires introduction as global sourcing hub for major clothing brands of the world. The fierce suppression of the FOB price, increasing costs for compliance to many national and international rules and regulations – often separately brand by brand – and retail market volatility leave very little room for margins for most clothing […]

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Weak NBFIs in Bangladesh barred from paying dividend

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Stocks of non-bank financial institutions (NBFI) dropped by about 1.5 per cent yesterday, a day after the central bank’s banned them from providing dividends of more than 15 per cent. With a number of non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) suffering from severe cash crunch, the Bangladesh Bank (BB), central bank of the country yesterday barred financial institutions […]

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Bangladeshi RMG manufacturers chocking as orders fell by 30%

($1 = 0.7325 pounds; $1 = 0.8315 euros) Bangladeshi Ready-Made-Garment (RMG) manufacturers and related industries are chocking from poor cash flow mainly caused by massive discount and late payments by international retailers and brands on one hand and 30% less orders on the other due to huge stockpiles of inventory by almost all clothing retailers and brands in […]

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Non-performing loans may increase as recovery remains slow

Loans to the vulnerable sectors in Bangladesh such as garment, textile, cement and tanneries will face significant pressure as they are yet to record expected recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, Moody’s said. “The true asset quality of loans will emerge across all sectors, and we expect significant pressure in loans to vulnerable […]

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Bangladesh’s $8 billion credit risk from the global retailers and brands

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Bangladeshi Ready-Made-Garment (RMG) manufacturers are struggling to survive because of a poor cash flow caused by delays in payments by international retailers and brands despite restoration of some orders, widening the payment default risks only further as increasing number of retailers and brands are filing insolvency proceedings by self-administration or bankruptcy protection. This development is […]

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BGCCI International Webinar: Post-COVID Economic Relations between Bangladesh & Germany

The Bangladesh-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BGCCI) hosted an international Webinar on the 27th January 2021 from 19:00 to 21:15 hrs Bangladesh standard Time (BST) on: “POST COVID19 Economic Relations between Bangladesh & Germany” The Webinar was attended by 131 participants, panelists and speakers from Bangladesh, Germany and the USA. The honourable Commerce Minister of Bangladesh […]

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Default loans fall due to relaxed rules in Bangladesh

The amount of default loans in the banking sector decreased after relaxation of the rules and regulations by the central bank of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Bank (BB), according to the Finance Minister of Bangladesh Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal in the parliament while responding to queries. The parliament was further detailed about the non-performing loans (NPLs) […]

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300,000 loan defaulters in Bangladesh officially

There are more that 300,000 loan defaulters in various banks and financial institutions across Bangladesh, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said. As of October 2020, there were 334,982 loan defaulters across the country, according to the Finance Minister of Bangladesh Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal in response to a question in the parliament on January 25th, 2021, […]

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Uttara Finance & Investments Ltd BDT 5,100cr scam: UTTARAFIN

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1 crore =10 million & 1 EUR = BDT 102.67 Loan applications to financial institutions in Bangladesh require five layers of scrutiny before being approved, usually. The Uttara Finance and Investment Limited, a non-bank financial institution and publicly traded company in Bangladesh under the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) trading code UTTARAFIN did not followed any of the […]

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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

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 […]