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China-South Asia Expo: Opportunities for Bangladesh

M Shahidul Islam The first China-South Asia Expo will be held in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province of China, from June 6 to10, 2013. The 21st China Kunming import and export commodities fair will also take place during the same period. The objective of the exposition is to promote cooperation and development between China and South Asia. The Expo ... Read More »

Mutual funds and our capital market

Md Rabiul Islam In 1980, the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) became the pioneer in launching mutual funds in the capital market in the country. It was a milestone step for investors in our capital market. The then first private organisation, AIMS, evolved its professional mechanism in 1999 for organising mutual funds in Bangladesh. Mutual funds grew slowly over the ... Read More »

ILO suggests steps on factory safety

The high-level mission of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is now on a visit to Bangladesh, held a series of meetings with government officials, apart from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Labour Minister since its arrival on Wednesday. The team’s discussion centred round the state of workplace safety in the country after the disastrous collapse of Rana Plaza ... Read More »

How bankruptcy made me smarter about business

In 2007, I made the move to being a solopreneur for the same reason many working mothers do or would like to do: to have a more flexible schedule so I could spend more time with my young daughter. At first I was lucky; I found a freelance writing job that offered the equivalent of full-time pay, and that I ... Read More »

Earning easy money

Saeed Qureshi Let us start from the premise that journalists are not angels. They need money because they are less privileged. We all know that 19 prominent Pakistani journalists from print and electronic media took bribe from the notorious property tycoon and founder of the so called “Bahria Town” Malik Riaz.  The total amount given by Malik Riaz runs into ... Read More »

Can business lead the recovery?

Robert Pesto, BBC Economic recoveries led by private-sector investment are few and far between. Companies, for understandable reasons, tend to wait till they see a consistent pattern of rising demand from customers before they embark on ambitious plans to expand capacity and hire lots of new people. Which is why the weakness of the UK’s disproportionately large consumer economy and ... Read More »

Macroeconomic performance during price booms

Claire Brunel Fluctuations in commodity prices often are associated with macroeconomic volatility and thus pose significant challenges for policymakers in commodity-producing nations. In Macroeconomic Performance During Commodity Price Booms and Busts (NBER Working Paper No. 18569), authors Luis Felipe Céspedes and Andrés Velasco investigate the macroeconomic response of a group of commodity-producing nations in episodes of large commodity price booms ... Read More »

Making mobile banking more customers friendly

Md. Khairul Hasan Mobile Banking is a Banking process without bank branch which provides financial services to unbanked communities efficiently and at affordable cost. To provide banking and financial services, such as cash-in, cash out, merchant payment, utility payment, salary disbursement, foreign remittance, government allowance disbursement, ATM money withdrawal through mobile technology devices, i.e. mobile phone, is called mobile banking. ... Read More »

Developing nations performing better in global economy: Kim

Nazmul Ahsan President of the World Bank (WB) Group Jim Yong Kim said developing countries are performing better in the global economy as the rich nations are struggling hard with their economic fragility. Mr Kim made this observation on Thursday at the headquarters of International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, ahead of annual Spring Meeting of the WB-IMF. The ... Read More »

Strong growth in developed world could have enhanced BD export

Nizam Ahmed Exports from Bangladesh are likely to be affected in the current calendar year due to poor global economic growth and the ongoing recession in the euro zone, according to a latest forecast by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Prospects for steady gains in global economic growth throughout 2013 are fading amid signs that the recession in the euro ... Read More »