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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

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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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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Infrastructure development, policy continuity and conducive politics crucial for Bangladesh’s Business

Policymakers in Bangladesh need to address infrastructural deficits, raise efficacy of public institutions and reduce corruption through good governance for the country to score better in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). With marginal improvement in the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2014, Bangladesh remains rather motionless in terms of both business …

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Operationalise Geographical Indication Act, protect Jamdani legacy

The government should operationalise the draft Geographical Indication Act without any further delay to claim the authenticity of Jamdani as a Bangladeshi heritage product with Geographical Indication (GI). Lapses in the recently enacted Geographical Indicative Products (Registration and Protection) Act 2013 must also be identified so that Bangladesh could settle …

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FY15 Budget: Ambitions in abundance, fiscal framework not in tune

The ambitions set in the proposed National Budget FY2014-15 need to be attuned to the realisation of the budgetary targets, observed discussants during a CPD dialogue on Analysis of the National Budget FY2014-15 held at Lakeshort Hotel on Saturday, 14 June 2014.   Eminent Economist Dr Akbar Ali Khan, Former …

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Sustainable democracy requires intra-party democratic practice

Democratic practices and participatory culture must be revived within the political parties in order to achieve transparent and stable democratic governance in Bangladesh. Good political leadership and democratised state institutions are of paramount importance to do away with the culture of confrontational politics, corruption and other malfunctions prevailing since the restoration …

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Long-term needs of Rana Plaza victims unaddressed, CPD dialogue after one year since the tragedy identifies

Following one year since the Rana Plaza collapse, the victims are in need of long-term planning and support as regards compensation, treatment and alternative employment scheme. Despite notable progress with regard to some of the immediate concerns, a coordinated plan and approach to address short, medium and long-term issues concerning …

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