Taka policy in a changing world

It is still widely believed that depreciation of taka vis-à-vis foreign currencies—especially US dollar—will boost Bangladesh’s export earnings. This is true only if our exports are priced or invoiced in Bangladeshi taka. For example, if a shirt made in Bangladesh is invoiced at Tk 1,000, at an exchange rate of USD 1 = Tk 85, the shirt will cost USD 11.76 in the international market.

Privatisation increases corruption

International financial institutions (IFIs) have typically imposed wide-ranging policy reforms—called “conditionalities”—in exchange for country governments to secure access to financial assistance.

The PM’s China visit

It is undeniable that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has, quite deftly, made the most of the fast-changing regional and global geopolitics, eventually emerging as a strong leader in South Asia.

2019 SUMMER DAVOS FORUM / An open world economy in a new era of globalisation

The 2019 Summer Davos Forum, also known as the “World Economic Forum’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions,” was held during July 1-3, 2019 in the coastal city of Dalian in northeast China’s Liaoning province.

Consumer Rights Violations / Why filing complaints is absolutely necessary

I assume there is hardly anyone amongst us who has never felt cheated after buying a product or taking a service in exchange for money.

What does Bangladesh gain from the US-China trade war?

As the US-China trade war intensifies, pundits on both sides of the Pacific and elsewhere are wondering: who is the real winner?

The emerging cracks in our external sector

The robust external sector performance has been a strong pillar on which Bangladesh’s impressive macroeconomic stability and growth of recent years was founded. The strong performance was underwritten by several factors.

Smart priorities for the new government’s first budget

Since 2015, Copenhagen Consensus and BRAC have collaborated on Bangladesh Priorities to create a bridge between policy and research. This is driven by the belief that, with limited resources and time, it is crucial that decisions are informed by what will do the most good for each taka spent.

High interest rate: Is it in the public interest?

Interest rate is a much-talked-about issue as far as savings and investment are concerned.

What the rising GDP and per capita income are not telling us

On April 4, 2019, the World Bank presented its latest economic forecast that Bangladesh's economy will grow at 7.3 percent in the

Saving our ailing banking sector

Bangladesh's banking sector faces a number of major challenges including rising nonperforming loans, credit concentrations, poor

Can informal digital commerce bring women's financial inclusion?

When talking about financial inclusion, we often focus on closing the gender gap in financial account ownership as a means of empowering women.

Breaking new ground: Why Bangladesh should adopt digital financial services

With the evolving time, banks have made some progress with regard to their technology and are trying to provide faster and better services to customers. However, these services are comparatively beneficial to a certain percentage of people from the urban areas.

No winds of change

Riding on the long bull-run of 2017, investors in Bangladesh's stock exchange may have thought that perhaps the year 2018 will not be too bad either. After all if past record is any guide, election years typically mean more money being pumped into the market.

Muhith keeps mum on banking sector

Nothing budges Finance Minister AMA Muhith after yesterday’s spree of attacks as he kept from commenting over the banking sector at parliament today.

Why the business-as-usual approach cannot sustain graduation momentum

As we know by now, Bangladesh has attained all three criteria for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) group.

Sanchayapatra and cost of borrowing

There is a lot of controversy these days surrounding the interest rates offered by Sanchayapatra of the Department of National Savings, which the government uses to finance its budget deficit.

Buoyant but not resilient

With the year 2017 drawing to a close, we are left with both positive and not-so-positive observations from the country's stock market. We all know that after the crash in 2010, the market has been in the doldrums for several years.