• Differentiated approach to SME tax needed across South Asia

    Differentiated approach to SME tax needed across South Asia

    Policy mix for small and medium enterprises (SME) are incoherent across South Asia due to the various ways SMEs are defined by institutions that levy taxes, encourage investment, promote trade, provide credit and support to SMEs. A broad consensus on sector-wise definitions for SMEs should be facilitated by public and private sector governing institutions for differentiated approach to levy tax on [...]

  • CPD urges successful closure of post-rana plaza initiatives

    CPD urges successful closure of post-rana plaza initiatives

    All initiatives concerning the post-Rana Plaza deliverables undertaken in the last two years should soon meet the expected outcome, observed discussants at the fourth CPD dialogue on the tragic incident. The consequences and lessons emerging from the Rana Plaza collapse call for ways to catalyse this experience to create a safe working condition in the industrial sector, recommended the discussants. (left) [...]

  • Comprehensive SPS agreement could enhance Bangladesh-India trade

    Comprehensive SPS agreement could enhance Bangladesh-India trade

    A comprehensive agreement between Bangladesh and India for agricultural exports could resolve the non-conforming sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) that undermine trade potentials of the two countries. SPS measures such as laboratory testing, registration, certification and sanitary phytosanitary certificate start to act as non-tariff barriers (NTBs) when appropriate mechanisms and initiatives [...]

  • Bangladesh loses Tk 4900 crore in early 2015 political unrest

    Bangladesh loses Tk 4900 crore in early 2015 political unrest

    As political unrest continues to take a toll on the Bangladesh economy, major sectors have incurred a loss equivalent to Tk. 4900 crore or 0.55 per cent of GDP of FY2015 during January to mid-March this year. CPD came up with the estimation at a media briefing on its recommendations for the upcoming National Budget for FY2016, held at Brac Centre Inn on 5 April 2015. The CPD analysis particularly [...]

  • Global Forum on Development: Debapriya Bhattacharya for inclusive global data system for the SDGs

    Global Forum on Development: Debapriya Bhattacharya for inclusive global data system for the SDGs

    Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDGs argued whether the global data system is fit for the developing countries while addressing the event “Making Countries Fit for the Post-2015 Development Agenda” at OECD on 30 March 2015, in Paris, France. In his keynote presentation on “Making Countries Fit in Data Use: What is really needed?” Dr Bhattacharya underscored that [...]

  • New forum to tackle Commonwealth trade challenges

    New forum to tackle Commonwealth trade challenges

    CPD Executive Director Professor Mustafizur Rahman made a presentation on Bangladesh’s manufacturing sector and the country’s progress towards graduating from LDCs at a consultative meeting of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Trade (CEGT) in Malta. The meetings held during 25-26 March 2015, brought together 27 experts from member countries to consider challenges affecting member countries. [...]

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