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New coalition of social and political forces needed to avoid possible middle-income trap


Positively transforming Bangladesh’s political economy is key to sustaining economic growth and avoiding the possible middle-income trap (MIT). This calls for a well-crafted vision and a strategic plan for inclusive development. It requires investing in people, learning from global experiences and designing appropriate incentives for social and political actors to …

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In briefing with Development Partners: Implementation challenges of Post-2015 Global Agenda

In a meeting with diplomats and development partners, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, CPD and Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDGs, presented a southern perspective on implementation challenges of the post-2015 development agenda. Ambassadors, Heads of Missions and senior officials from Denmark, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, USA, …

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VAT and SD Act 2012 questioned on grounds of equity, SME interests

The new Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty Act 2012 must be informed by equity concerns, institutional capacity strengthening and its implementation should benefit the government and ensure tax justice for entrepreneurs and consumers. In addition to revenue generation for public expenditure, the new taxation reform agenda should safeguard the welfare of certain sectors …

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Discussion with Development Partners: Transparency, Coordination, Enforcement major challenges as regards post- Rana Plaza Deliverables

Development partners exchanged views with CPD professionals on securing the promised deliverables in view of the Rana Plaza Tragedy. It transpired from their discussion that ensuring transparency in the various initiatives taken by major involved parties, improving the quality of coordination in implementation and enforcing compliance at enterprise level were …

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