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Need to formulate Comprehensive National Strategy through Participatory Process to Achieve SDGs

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Bangladesh achieved remarkable success in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now following the trail of success it is high time for the country to formulate a comprehensive national strategy towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comprehensive national strategy should be formulated through a participatory process so that …

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A special SME economic zone urged in Bogra: CPD pre-budget dialogue

Development of the SME Sector in Bogra (0)

Specialised economic zone is needed in Bogra for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Besides, appropriate infrastructure and communication development is must to support and encourage entrepreneurs in this sector. The government should focus on necessary budgetary allocations and fiscal-monetary incentives to support the growth of SMEs in Bogra. Special attention …

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Private, public and civil society partnership is critical for revival of Muslin

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Required policies and institutional support from the government, investment of both public and private sectors in skill development training and baseline research together with knowledge and expertise of the civil society organizations and individuals is the key to reviving Muslin; extinct heritage of our bengal culture. Such recommendations emerged from …

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Policy interventions should enhance migrant workers’ financial inclusion, social protection

Extending the use of remittance sent by Bangladeshi migrant workers from mere consumption to more productive areas including investment and social protection would pave way towards their greater welfare and better contribution to Bangladesh’s economy. To this end, the government needs to implement the right policies and ensure coordination with …

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Apparels sector needs better margin to improve compliance for sustainability

Bangladeshi apparels industries should allocate additional margin for compliance in order to ensure labour welfare and thus increase sustainability of the sector. Strengthening government’s institutional mechanism and social audit system set up by buyers and retailers would be essential to inspect factory-level compliance and maintain international standards.   The observations …

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South Asian Connectivity hinges on BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA)

  Comprehensive multimodal connectivity in South Asia critically hinges on implementation of the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA). For deepening South Asian integration, the role of the MVAs will be key to establishing seamless multi-modal connectivity to facilitate movement of vehicles and goods, cars and passengers bilaterally, at sub-region …

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Reforms should abate ‘last quarter syndrome’ of budget implementation

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The government should put in place necessary economic and institutional reforms to come out of the culture of hasty public expenditure during the last quarter of a fiscal year. The reforms are also expected to improve the quality of ADP implementation that currently suffers from the ever-increasing number of projects …

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National subsidy policy in Bangladesh urged: CPD

By analysing the coherence of existing subsidy distribution policies, a comprehensive national subsidy policy should be formulated to ensure governance and financial transparency of subsidy distribution mechanism and propose viable and beneficial alternatives when applicable. The observation emerged from a dialogue on “Subsidy Management in Bangladesh: Efficiency and Equity Issues,” held in Lakeshore …

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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 …

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