Trade and Investment

Navigating New Waters Unleashing Bangladesh’s Export Potential for Smooth LDC Graduation

Navigating New Waters Unleashing Bangladesh’s Export Potential for Smooth LDC Graduation

Bangladesh has made phenomenal progress in its economic development. From a fragile socio-economic set up at independence, it has emerged as a ‘development surprise’.1 Despite confronting numerous socio-economic challenges, its ...

Bangladesh-China Trade and Economic Cooperation Issues and Perspectives

Bangladesh-China Trade and Economic Cooperation Issues and Perspectives

China has emerged as a global economic superpower having achieved high economic growth sustained for a very long period and in the process becoming the world’s largest exporter of and ...

Reviving Exports of Jute Products from Bangladesh

Reviving Exports of Jute Products from Bangladesh

Traditionally labelled as ‘golden fibre’, jute used to be the most important source of foreign exchange for Bangladesh until the mid-1980s. Despite being the second-largest (after India) jute producer in ...

Bangladesh’s Graduation from the Group of LDCs Issues for the Private Sector

Bangladesh’s Graduation from the Group of LDCs Issues for the Private Sector

Defying overwhelming odds, Bangladesh has continued to demonstrate impressive socio-economic progress. The impending graduation from least developed country (LDC) status is a global acknowledgement of the country’s major developmental transition. ...

Boosting Plastic Exports from Bangladesh

Boosting Plastic Exports from Bangladesh

The plastic industry is one of the most prominent emerging manufacturing sectors in Bangladesh. Buoyed by strong domestic demand, it has experienced rapid growth in recent times. The sector is ...

Tapping into Services Exports Issues and Policy Options

Tapping into Services Exports Issues and Policy Options

Estimated at around US$ 160 billion in 2018-19, the services sector comprises just over 51 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The sector employs 23.7 million people which ...

Promoting Bangladesh’s Exports to India

Promoting Bangladesh’s Exports to India

India is the fastest growing country amongst the world’s largest economies and is set to become the third largest economy soon after 2030, only behind China and the United States. ...

Unleashing the Export Potential of Bangladesh’s Furniture Industry-An Analysis of Prospects and Policy Support

Unleashing the Export Potential of Bangladesh’s Furniture Industry-An Analysis of Prospects and Policy Support

Exports of furniture have shown strong dynamism in recent years. The furniture industry is considered having high export and diversification potential. However, after more than 20 years since the country ...

Partnering Up-Towards A Strengthened Bangladesh-US Economic Cooperation

Partnering Up-Towards A Strengthened Bangladesh-US Economic Cooperation

While the United States has been an indispensable trade and development partner for Bangladesh, there exist enormous opportunities for strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.  ...

Leather and Leather Goods Exports from Bangladesh-Performance, Prospects and Policy Priorities

Leather and Leather Goods Exports from Bangladesh-Performance, Prospects and Policy Priorities

When it comes to export expansion while promoting export diversification, the sector that holds a great promise is leather and leather goods, the second largest export sector for Bangladesh. There ...

Bangladesh and the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference-Issues and Perspectives

Bangladesh and the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference-Issues and Perspectives

The World Trade Organisation’s Doha Round of trade negotiations, at 18 years, is the longest running round in the history of GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and WTO ...

Revitalising Bangladesh’s export trade-Policy issues for growth acceleration and diversification

Revitalising Bangladesh’s export trade-Policy issues for growth acceleration and diversification

Bangladesh is often considered as an export success story. Since 1990 while world exports grew at a compound annual average rate of 5.8 per cent, Bangladesh managed to grow twice ...