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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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Implementing SDGs in Bangladesh: Stress weaknesses with achievements

Bangladesh should build on its attainments and unfinished agenda as regards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with particular emphasis on economic reformation, employment generation and governance for successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Attainment of the SDGs would require a strong and effective institutional mechanism involving all stakeholders including …

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CPD @ WTO Public Forum 2015 on Trade Works in Geneva

Images: WTO/Studio Casagrande

CPD Executive Director Professor Mustafizur Rahman and Distinguished Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya participated in the WTO Public Forum 2015 on “Trade Works” during 30 September – 2 October 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event providing a platform for representatives from civil society, …

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Broad-based reforms for rapid improvement of Bangladesh’s business competitiveness

  Bangladesh needs long-term investment and reform policies for financial sectors, governance and education with substantial human resource development as envisaged in the 7th Five-Year Plan in order to push the country beyond its plateauing competitiveness rankings. The observation emerged at a media briefing held at Brac Centre Inn, Dhaka …

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Two Economies to Two Nations: Rehman Sobhan’s Journey to Bangladesh

  CPD Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan’s book “From Two Economies to Two Nations: My Journey to Bangladesh” was launched on Saturday, 29 August 2015.   News Reports on the event, view more news reports Published in Dhaka Tribune Rehman Sobhan’s writings inspired liberation war leaders Tribune Report Speakers at a …

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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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Bangladesh’s right over products with Geographical Indication overdue

  Bangladesh needs to expedite establishment of an appropriate regulatory framework to secure the rights of its heritage products with Geographical Indication (GI). Concerned stakeholders should take steps to raise awareness on the issue through media and public forum to notify the relevant government authority to prioritise formulation of the rules …

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CPD special lecture on the National Budget FY2016 for students

  CPD briefed students of East West University (EWU) regarding the macroeconomic context of the budget for FY2015-16, its proposed macroeconomic outlook and the budget making process as part of the special lecture series for university students. On behalf of CPD, Research Fellow Mr Towfiqul Islam Khan delivered the lecture …

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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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Budget FY2016: Financing structure of successive budgets becoming fragile

(left) Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Mustafizur Rahman, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Towfiqul Islam Khan and Anisatul Fatema Yousuf

The quality of fiscal planning is deteriorating over the last four years which is likely to continue while revenue collection targets set by the FY2016 budget may remain underachieved again. Budgeting in Bangladesh continues to lack benchmarks on progress, expansion and plans concerning various measures and initiatives from the earlier …

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CPD for economic reforms to achieve growth breakthrough beyond six pc

Bangladesh should take advantage of its current macroeconomic stability to drive economic and institutional reforms in order to break the stagnant 6 percent growth. In this regard, the seventh five-year plan, policy coherence, strengthened governance and quality of public expenditure will be critical for realising the growth and development targets …

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