OP-ED & Interviews

Why the Accord will be here until 2021

In reaction to recent statements concerning the future of the Bangladesh Accord, the Witness Signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh—Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and the Worker Rights Consortium—wish to respond regarding the continuation of the Accord's inspection programme. Recent statements have led some to erroneously believe that the Accord is scheduled to end in 2018, and one should ask whether such an early departure is even desirable given the limited progress made in the development of a credible and functioning national safety regulatory body.

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“Bangladesh’s RMG industry needs to take preparation to address challenges of the coming years” : Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem

Center for Policy Dialogue Research Director Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem presented a paper at the 13th International Conference on Apparel & Home Textiles held on September 9, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. OGTC has been organizing International Conferences on Apparel & Home Textile every year since 2005. The year the theme of the Conference was “People, Purpose & Passion: ...

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“The economy isn’t working for workers”

Published in the International Politics and Society  Richard Trumka is president of the 12.5-million-member American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). He recently announced his resignation from US president Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, in protest at the president’s reaction to an attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one person was killed. Hannes Alpen spoke ...

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“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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