Bangladesh enters 100-country club: GCI 2017-18

Bangladesh, for the first time, has entered into the 100-country club of the world's most competitive economies, according to the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) 2017-18 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

2017-09-28T15:49:39+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Press Briefings|

Karin Fernando and Andrea Ordóñez visit Dhaka to discuss organisational and communication issues with Secretariat

Karin Fernando, Asia Region Coordinator and Andrea Ordóñez, the network’s Research and Partnership Coordinator, recently visited SV’s Secretariat in Dhaka to review organisational, communication and outreach activities, and plan upcoming activities of the network.

2017-09-06T15:23:49+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Events, Featured Post, In-house Dialogues, Visits at CPD|

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya speaks about the approach to upcoming national election

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya shared his experience of partcipating at dialogue with the National Election Commission on the talk shows -- Muktoo Baak, aired on Channel 24 on 1 August 2017 and Ei Somoy, aired on NTV on 8 August 2017.

2017-08-10T18:57:22+00:00 August 10th, 2017|CPD in the Media, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Featured Post, TV talk show|

Time to be vigilant, not to be complacent

There is hardly any room for us to be complacent, rather we need to be vigilant with every component of the fiscal framework. However, careful steps need to be taken while implementing the budget as the changed financial structure will have to depend more on domestic resources.

2017-07-12T15:34:36+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Monitoring of National Economy, Press Briefings|

Private investment must pick up to drive the economy

Stagnant private investment and inadequate employment creation are becoming giant hurdles for the Bangladesh economy. To achieve 7.4 percent GDP growth target, Bangladesh will need an additional BDT 66,000 crore in private investment.

2017-06-20T18:25:56+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Dialogues, Events, Featured Post, Monitoring of National Economy|

Right political economy needed for efficient budget delivery

Political foresight and strong accountability measures are key for effectively implementing and monitoring the National Budget FY2017-18. The proposed budgetary measures had not been adequately debated in the Parliament.

Higher GDP growth should have led to higher employment

Bangladesh’s GDP growth rate is estimated to reach 7.2 percent in FY 2017. While achieving the growth figures has dominated attention, it has not been able to create more jobs in the economy.

2017-05-31T15:37:03+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Monitoring of National Economy, Press Briefings|

Role of research critical for understanding future challenges and potentials of Bangladesh’s RMG sector

Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry is facing new challenges. While owners have to make a huge investment for remediation and other compliance issues, their competitors are trying to increase their international apparel market share by technological up-gradation and market diversification.

2017-06-13T15:33:48+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Local Level Dialogues, Meetings|

Social dialogue for effective partnership in Bangladesh’s RMG sector

As a signatory to the ‘Sustainability Compact’ with the EU and ILO, Bangladesh must ensure improved workers’ rights and better industrial relations in the country’s RMG sector.

2017-05-11T13:35:56+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Dialogues, Events, Featured Post|

Role of public representatives critical for framing and implementing the national budget

Public representatives must take greater ownership of Bangladesh’s national budget for improving its transparency, accountability and for efficiently achieving implementation targets. As the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is likely to pursue an expansionary fiscal policy in FY 2017-18, a bigger [...]

2017-05-31T15:15:50+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Monitoring of National Economy, Press Briefings|

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 [...]

2017-05-31T15:26:41+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Meetings|

Effective decentralised budget key to achieve SDGs: pre-budget dialogue in Rangpur

Effective decentralisation of the national budget is key to mainstream the marginalised communities with the national development process. Backward regions like Rangpur will require a special budget for bringing people into the development mainstream and improve their life and livelihoods, [...]

2017-07-12T20:07:02+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Local Level Dialogues, Monitoring of National Economy|

Strengthen Local Government Initiatives for Sustainable Cities

Importance of good governance is known to all, but we also need to aware ourselves on the roles that we can play as active citizens, says Mr A J M Nasiruddin, Honourable Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation at a Dialogue [...]

2017-03-20T17:35:44+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Events, Featured Post, Local Level Dialogues|