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Bangladesh remains in shock following the terrorist attack on Holey Bakery on July 1, that saw 20 hostages including nine Italians and seven Japanese being brutally murdered. A country that has bee ...

A time for action not complacency (2/2)

We have not yet had to contend in Bangladesh with a return of such extremists here but we should be prepared for it. More broadly, as the US State Department’s “Country Reports on Terroris ...

Digital Bangladesh as an engine for economic growth

Digital World 2015, the recently concluded four-day conference, was the fourth largest ICT event in the world, with 120 private companies and 100 governmental organisations from 25 countries. It also ...

Follow the dragon

Bangladesh’s growth and export performance has been impressive and resilient in the face of both external shocks, such as the global financial crisis, as well as internal one’s such as har ...

The look northeast policy

While the recent visit of PM Shinzo Abe has naturally triggered a great deal of focus on Japan-Bangladesh economic relations, as part of a broader Look East Policy (LEP), it is important not to overlo ...

‘Look East’ and prosper

The prime minister’s back-to-back state-visits to Japan in May, and China in June, has prompted a great deal of discussion among economists and political analysts about the prospects for Banglad ...

China-Japan tensions: A diplomatic conundrum

The heated exchange of words between China, the US and Japan at the Annual Shangri-La Dialogue, the premiere regional defence forum that was held at the end of May, is likely to prove far more than rh ...

Democracy at crossroads

A patient in intensive care or a slow-moving train wreck – I’m not sure which of these analogies best describes the state of democracy in Bangladesh – maybe both? There is clearly no ...

Humility an under-rated ingredient in business success

Earlier this week I received a request to see a team of IBA students on their RMG sector research. It was a busy week but I agreed to meet them the following day. I emphasized to the friend making ...

An unrealistic budget?

The finance minister unveiled the last budget of this government’s 5-year term yesterday. The FM proposed has proposed a Tk 222,491-crore annual budget outlay for fiscal 2013-14, 16 percent h ...

Ifty Islam

Ifty Islam is the Managing Partner of Asian Tiger Capital, and can be reached at [email protected]

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