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Ticfa opens door to address labour, safety issue

US Trade Representative Michael Froman said a new agreement with Bangladesh will give the two countries a formal mechanism to address the serious labour, safety and worker rights issues that led to the Southeast Asian nation’s loss of US trade preferences earlier this year. The countries signed the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (Ticfa) at a ceremony in Washington Monday. In June, the US said it was suspending Bangladesh’s trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences as of September. The US cited pervasive garment factory safety problems, including two tragedies that claimed the lives of more than 1,230 workers, in addition to the failure of industry and government to allow Bangladeshi workers...

GDP decelerates for 2nd year in a row to 6pc: WB

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of Bangladesh has decelerated for the second year in a row to 6 per cent, says a World Bank (WB) report published on Thursday. Disruptions caused by political strife, deepening political tensions relating to the impending political transition and the inadequacies of improvements in the provision of power, gas and infrastructure were the key factors in the growth slowdown. These contributed to weakening investor confidence leading to a 1.2 percent decline in the private investment rate, the report added. wbEcono...

Empowering youth with disabilities in Bangladesh thru’ ICT

In Bangladesh, youth with disabilities often have difficulty transitioning to work, as they lack the necessary skills to perform competitively in the job market and also face discrimination from employers on the basis of their disability. When the World Bank and Microsoft announced the regional grant competition “Youth Solutions! Technology for Skills and Employment”, we decided to submit a proposal to address this from the Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) in Bangladesh. Our proposed project titled “Empowering Youth with Disabilities through Market Driven ICT Skills” sought ideas from youth on how to use innovative and creative methods to promote ICT skills amongst youth with disabilities to help them secure gainful employment.

DCCI to be pvt sector partner of WB

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) will be one of the private sector partners of Water and Sanitation Program of World Bank (WB) at the Water Hackathon, App festival (Bangladesh Part) to be held in the mid of next January in Bangladesh. DCCI-logo DCCI has signed a deal to this effect on Monday with the Water and Sanitation Program-South Asia (WSP), World Bank, at the DCCI office in the capital. DCCI President and Chairman of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo Md Sabur Khan and Communications Specialist of WSP Mirva Moilanen signed...

191 Bangladeshi women police working in UN peacekeeping mission

A total of 1,837 Bangladesh Police member including 191 women are working in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission across the world. women policeUnder Secretary General of the UN Amira Haq said this while speaking at a workshop titled 'UN police for 2020' held at Double Tree Metropolitan Hotel on Friday. "The current number of UN police member has increased to 13,000 from 1,600," she said and laid importance on security and safety good police structure in the workshop.

Canadian MPs call for free, fair elections in Bangladesh

Canadian members of parliament Russ Hiebert, MP and Joe Daniel, MP released a pre-election observation report on the national political situation in Bangladesh on Saturday. The MPs travelled to Dhaka last week and met with leaders from a wide cross-section of Bangladeshi society including religious leaders, journalists, lawyers, academics, former government and military officials, and representatives of various civil society organizations. canada-bangladeshThey heard about the current political situation in the nation, including vari...