Bangladesh prepares for graduation – Fahmida Khatun

While Bangladesh’s macroeconomic indicators have shown positive trends in the 2016–17 fiscal year, the overall strength of its economy appears to be weakening. This is of particular concern as Bangladesh prepares to leave the ‘least developed country’ category in 2018.

2018-02-18T18:24:04+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews, Trade Blog|

Bangladesh economy in 2017 and the way forward – Fahmida Khatun

For Bangladesh 2017 has been a mixed year of achievements and challenges. Though some macro indicators reflect the positive trends, the overall strength of the economy is weakening due to a number of developments toward the second half of the year.

2018-01-02T11:34:39+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

চাহিদার তুলনায় প্রাপ্যতা কম হওয়ার কারণেই ঢাকায় চাপ বাড়ছেঃ ড. ফাহমিদা খাতুন

আন্তর্জাতিক জরিপে ঢাকা পৃথিবীর অন্যতম ব্যয়বহুল নগরী হিসেবে পরিচিতি পেয়েছে। যদিও জীবনযাত্রার মান কিংবা বসবাস যোগ্যতার ভিত্তিতে ঢাকার অবস্থান একেবারে নিচের দিকে। তারপরও প্রতিদিনই দেশের বিভিন্ন প্রান্ত থেকে হাজার হাজার মানুষ ঢাকায় আসছে।

2017-11-26T16:53:15+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

When politics overpowers economic rationale – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Published in The Daily Star on Sunday, 23 July 2017 Postponement of the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) and Supplementary Duty (SD) Act of 2012 for the next two years is deemed to be a blow to the proponents of VAT. [...]

2017-07-24T13:57:16+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

অর্থনীতিতে ক্যান্সার – ড. ফাহমিদা খাতুন

Published in সমকাল on Friday, 14 July 2017 ব্যাংকিং খাত বাংলাদেশের অর্থনীতির অন্যতম ভিত। এখানে পুঁজিবাজার, বন্ড ও ইক্যুইটি মার্কেট_ আর্থিক খাতের এসব অংশ তেমন শক্তিশালী নয়। সঙ্গত কারণেই ব্যাংকিং খাতের ওপর অর্থনীতির নির্ভরতা অনেক। যথার্থভাবেই বলা হয়, এ খাত বাংলাদেশের অর্থনীতির [...]

2017-07-23T11:00:36+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

Middle class: Loser on all counts – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Bangladesh's national budget for FY2018 comes at a challenging time. Despite being powered by high growth and cushioned by low international prices, the Bangladesh economy has been facing a number of disquieting features. Exports have seen slow growth in FY2017 and remittances have been declining for some time.

2017-06-05T12:09:46+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

Growing malignancy in the banking sector – Dr Fahmida Khatun

The banking sector has been passing through a turbulent period for some time. Given that a sound financial sector is key to sustained economic development, good health of banks is crucial. This is more so when almost 80 percent of financial assets is owned by commercial banks.

2017-05-29T10:43:31+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

Making Bangladesh’s garments industry safe and sustainable – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Bangladesh’s export-oriented ready-made garments (RMG) industry has made significant contributions to the country’s economic development over the last four decades.

2017-06-21T12:59:15+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Featured Post, Op-eds and Interviews|

The missing money – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Illicit cross-border financial flow is not uncommon. It happens in all countries. With globalisation it has become more complex. Recent increase in illicit financial flows (IFFs) has created concern in the development policy discourse around the world.

2017-05-08T11:44:02+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

Moving forward from the Rana Plaza tragedy – Dr Fahmida Khatun

The readymade garments (RMG) sector of Bangladesh has undertaken significant compliance measures to ensure safety of factories and workers since the Rana Plaza tragedy on April 24, 2013, when an eight-storied commercial building collapsed killing more than 1,100 workers died, and injuring more than 2,500 people.

2017-04-24T18:58:06+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

Maintaining coherence between economic and social goals – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Social sector budget traditionally receives less attention amidst big allocation for the hardware part of the economy. Infrastrucutre, power, industry, agriculture and the like are the centre of focus during budget formulation.

2017-04-18T12:05:24+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

Budget for regions lagging behind – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Discussions on the upcoming national budget in Rangpur during the past weekend revealed a number of issues. Some are new, some old. But all are important. Sitting in Dhaka many of us may not have empathy for them at all. Some of us may even be blissfully unaware of them.

2017-04-03T17:04:02+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|

প্রজন্মের পাথেয় – ড. ফাহমিদা খাতুন

বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে অর্থনীতিতে পড়াকালে অধ্যাপক রেহমান সোবহানের বৈদেশিক সাহায্য, দারিদ্র্য এবং সরকারি শিল্পোদ্যোগ-বিষয়ক লেখাগুলো পড়েছি। মূলত বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে আমার শিক্ষকদের মাধ্যমেই তাঁর কাজগুলোর সঙ্গে পরিচিত হই।

2017-05-08T12:36:37+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Fahmida Khatun, Op-eds and Interviews|