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Growing trade-gap with India: A matter of concern

  By Hemayet Hossain An  English daily reported that the country’s trade gap with India recorded an all-time high in the last financial year at $5.57 billion as different non-tariff barriers continued to narrow Bangladesh’s exports there. The trade deficit between Bangladesh and India has increased to $5.57 billion (33.76 percent) in the FY14 from $4.17 billion in the FY13. ... Read More »

Over subscribing by foreign entities in share market not always good

By A Commentator Dhaka Stock Exchange -  the country’s main stock market – is witnessing a lethargic trend this month compared with the previous months resulting in a falling down of net overseas investment, thus explaining the sluggishness of the bourse. The securities market lost its attraction to the small investors in the last few years, especially from 2010, for ... Read More »

Macroeconomy and investment : Bangladesh perspectives

Atiur Rahman Governor, Bangladesh Bank :Bangladesh economy is undergoing steady above six percent average annual real GDP growth for more than twelve years now, amid ups and downs in the global economy including the global financial crisis and the subsequent ongoing global growth slowdown. Inflation has been contained within single digit levels. The stable, sustained growth trend has been maintained ... Read More »

Commentary:People must resist abduction and killing when govt can’t

The exponential rise in the number of daily abductions and killings all over the country especially in and around the capital has rendered life of people in politics, business and having property disputes with powerful quarters unsafe and vulnerable to killing. People ask themselves when the ruling party politics is based on fighting “terrorism of the opposition”, why it does ... Read More »

TIB’s report and BD’s Political climate

Md. Nazmul Islam The report of Non-governmental corruption watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on 18 March’14 said that Bangladeshi parliament lack a proper opposition party to hold the executive branch accountable to people. TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman has been said in the press conference releasing of their organization’s findings of a study on the ninth parliament “There is no opposition ... Read More »

A country that fails to invest in its children

Sir Frank Peters It comes as no surprise that a new university study, conducted by German researchers, concludes that corporal punishment does “lasting psychological harm” and supports the Bangladesh law that bans it. “Parents aim to educate children through corporal punishment, but instead of learning good social behaviours, the beatings often have the opposite effect,” said study leader Tobias Hecker, ... Read More »

Punish unruly banks, regain public confidence

By Hemayet Hossain RECENTLY the IMF expressed dissatisfaction over the central bank’s failure to control the state-owned banks which in turn is hampering investment and thus slowing down the GDP growth. A national English daily reported it on Friday. Bangladesh Bank is not exercising its regulatory power fully as per the amended Banking Company Act to control the state banks ... Read More »

Fall in foreign aid flow to affect growth

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque Policy  implementation warrants flow of external financial resources. Mentionable is the fact that least developed countries look to donors for aid commitments for the proper implementation of its development policies in scores of substantive areas or sectors/sub-sectors. For its deficit financing would merely mean a grandiose scheme unless it is backed by adequate external aids. But ... Read More »

BoI scrutiny committee clears $ 243.31 m foreign borrowings The Board of Investment (BoI) Scrutiny Committee for approval of Private Sector foreign borrowing cleared borrowings of US$ 243.31 million Foreign Loans against 12 projects. The approval came from the 83rd meeting of the BoI Scrutiny Committee for approval of foreign loan / supplier’s credit with Bangladesh Bank Governor and Convenor of the committee Dr Atiur Rahman in the ... Read More »

We don’t want Bangladesh Bank to monitor activities of business concerns

By A Commentator Reports said that the Bangladesh Bank has decided to monitor the business performance of big corporate bodies in a bid to secure the stability of the country’s financial sector. The central bank has started formulating policies to that end to bring the corporate bodies – 40 to 50 in the first instance and set separate recommendations for ... Read More »