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Wall Street Journal lauds Bangladesh’s booming economy

  • Published at 12:02 pm March 3rd, 2021
Female garment workers in a Bangladeshi factory
File photo of women workers at a garment factory in Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A massive 80% increase in exports in Bangladesh over the past decade has coincided with a dip in neighbouring India and Pakistan

Renowned US-based business daily The Wall Street Journal has praised the staggering development of Bangladesh’s economy in recent years, dubbing the country as “South Asia’s economic bull case.”

Bangladesh is the closest proxy in South Asia for the successful export-led development models employed in Southeast Asian nations Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as global economic powerhouse China, said the newspaper in a report on Wednesday.

The WSJ report follows in the wake of the UN Committee for Development Policy’s recent recommendation that Bangladesh graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status.

A massive 80% increase in exports in Bangladesh over the past decade has coincided with a dip in neighbouring India and Pakistan. The gap in GDP per capita between Bangladesh and India was 40% in 2011, but the former has now caught up.

However, exports in Vietnam more than tripled and in Cambodia more than doubled over the same 10 years.

WSJ stressed the need for Bangladesh to follow the example of Vietnam and transition to high-value manufacturing and exports to maintain growth and reduce dependency on the garment industry. 

The diversification of Bangladesh’s exports would require greater participation in Asian trade blocs, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, the newspaper added.

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