OP-ED & Interviews

“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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RMG—rising out of the ashes

RMG industry

Published in the Financial Express on May 7, 2017 Muhammad Zamir The highlight of the last week of April was the observance of programmes marking the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster. The disaster took place on April 24, 2013 which resulted in the death of 1,129 workers and injury to nearly 2,500 others. And then the May Day ...

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Moving forward from the Rana Plaza tragedy – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Published in The Daily Star on Monday, 24 April 2017 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. The National Tripartite Plan of Action ...

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Fourth Anniversary of The Rana Plaza Collapse: Where do we stand? – Khondaker Golam Moazzem

the collapsed Rana Plaza building.

Published in The Daily Star on Monday, 24 April 2017 It has been four years since the day in April when the nation and the world was shocked when a garment factory building in Savar came crashing down. 1,129 workers were killed and thousands more injured, trapped in the rubble. Not the first time but definitely the largest incident of accidental structural ...

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The ‘Fat Man Syndrome’ – Khondaker Golam Moazzem


Published in The Financial Express on Tuesday, 22 November 2016  In medical science, a term called ‘Fat Man Syndrome’ is used to indicate a particular physical condition of human being when a person eats excessive amount of food but it is not reflected in person’s physique as s/he looks apparently ‘thin’. In other words, eating excess food does not have any visible impact ...

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