OP-ED & Interviews

“In order to grab more market share, the government should devise policy taking the sector people on board”- Khondaker Golam Moazzem


Published in the Dhaka Tribune on 2, August 2017 Bangladesh’s share of the global clothing market rose again in 2016 as the country sealed its place as the second largest exporter of apparel products – despite sluggish export growth and lacklustre demand. According to the World Trade Statistical Review 2017 released on Friday by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Bangladesh’s ...

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“If we cannot fully ensure favourable investment climate in the country, we should permit at least some big companies to invest beyond the border.”- Khondaker Golam Moazzem

Published in the Dhaka Tribune on 26, July 2017 ‘If we cannot fully ensure favourable investment climate in the country, we should permit at least some big companies to invest beyond the border’ The country’s top business leader wants Bangladesh to invests in the US cotton sector as it seeks a return to the generalised system of preference (GSP) after ...

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‘Dhaka has a unique opportunity that other cities don’t have’

Published in the Dhaka Tribune on July 23, 2017 Ibrahim Hossain Ovi Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune’s Ibrahim Hossain Ovi, Chief Economist for South Asia Region of the World Bank Martin Rama discusses Dhaka’s unique opportunity to transform itself by well-planned expansion east of the Balu River How can Bangladesh attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) when private sector investment ...

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“There is no visible improvement on illegal capital flights due to lack of the long-term government policy”- Khondaker Golam Moazzem

Published in the Dhaka Tribune on 9, July 2017 Experts say that transparency in source of earning money, political will to stop corruption and ensuring investment-friendly environment and bringing money launderers into justice must be ensured to prevent illegal capital flights out of the country. Dhaka Tribune’s Ibrahim Hoosain Ovi talked to the experts about a recent report on illegal ...

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“The average price fall of products and slow demand for products in the global market has led to sluggish growth in export earnings,” : Prof Mustafizur Rahman


Published in the Dhaka Tribune on July 7, 2017 Ibrahim Hossain Ovi Bangladesh’s export earnings from the apparel industry, the lifeline of foreign currency earners, have seen only a 0.20% rise to $28.15 billion, which is the lowest on record in the last one and a half decades, in the just-concluded fiscal year. However, Bangladesh’s overall export earnings stood at ...

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“The commerce ministry should conduct a study to explore the products-wise demands that are increasing in the traditional markets” -Khondaker Golam Moazzem

Published in the Financial Express on July 7, 2017 Monira Munni Export earnings from merchandise products maintained a sluggish growth in the just-concluded fiscal year (FY) 2016-17 with the receipts for the month of June registering a negative growth. Exporters and officials identified the sluggish performance of the country’s ready-made garment sector as one of the key reasons for such ...

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A greener future will not be decent by definition, but by design

Published on the ILO website  “Let’s not just mark World Environment Day. Let’s make it a reason to put our political will into action. The future of our jobs, and of our children, relies on it,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. By Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Climate change is the result of human activity. That ...

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Low demands in global markets caused slower growth in Bangladesh’s exports earnings : Khondaker Golam Moazzem,

Published in the Dhaka Tribune on June 7, 2017 A fall in global demand for Bangladesh’s lucrative ready-made garments (RMG) sector caused a slowing in the rate of export earnings growth in the last fiscal year, data from the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has revealed. Although Bangladesh’s overall export earnings rose 3.67% rise in the first eleven months of Fiscal ...

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BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement must go above and beyond to reap benefits, says CPD’s Khondaker Golam Moazzem

Khondoker Golam Moazzem

Published in the bdnews24.com on 28, May 2017 The proposed BIMSTEC free trade agreement must provide additional benefits ‘beyond and above’ existing trade agreements in place among the member countries if it has to succeed, says Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) research director Khondaker Golam Moazzem. “The BIMSTEC FTA must impact above and beyond the bilateral and other trade agreements ...

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

Published in eastasiaforum.org on Thursday, 11 May 2017 Bangladesh’s export-oriented ready-made garments (RMG) industry has made significant contributions to the country’s economic development over the last four decades. But this will come undone unless Bangladesh can make progress on workplace safety compliance and labour rights. In 2016, the RMG sector earned about US$28 billion in export income compared to a mere US$12,000 in ...

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