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‘My appointment was met with opposition’: Rubana

By Joe Wallen, Dhaka

One of Bangladesh’s foremost female business leaders has vowed to transform job opportunities for women. Rubana Huq – managing director of one of the country’s largest conglomerates – became the first female president of Bangladesh’s national garment workers’ association earlier this month.

Despite fierce resistance to her appointment from men in the industry, the pioneering 55-year-old has revealed ambitious plans to tackle female empowerment in the workplace.

There are about 4,400 garment factories in Bangladesh, producing clothes for British high street retailers...

BCIM Economic Corridor to bolster BD’s development

The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor will promote trade, transport, tourism and investment for Bangladesh due to its strategic location between India and China, said an economist. MS Siddiqui, an economist and a professor, made the comments in a recent interview with Xinhua. China raised the proposal of building the BCIM Economic Corridor in 2013 to deepen friendly cooperation and connecting East Asia and South Asia. Siddiqui, a regional representative of the World Mediation Organization (WMO), a Berlin-based international network of scholars and bcim

Funding isn’t the key challenge..

Bangladesh has always been portrayed as a country of poverty, disasters and dysfunctional politics by the global media. The recent killing of four secular bloggers has added to this belief. These incidents have definitely cast a shadow over the thriving startup ecosystem in the country. Although it is many years behind that of Silicon Valley or India, the startup scene is currently at a tipping point, with many global VCs already flocking to the country to invest in startling Minhaz1early-stage ventures. Founder Institute, a global tech incubator wit...

Bank subsidies failing to eradicate poverty: Khaled

The authorities of state-owned banks misappropriate a large portion of the funds they are given by the government to recover from losses, said Bangladesh Bank’s former deputy governor Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled. ibrahim khaled“Such funds thus play no role in eradicating the country’s poverty,” he said while addressing a seminar on the national budget’s role in eradicating poverty at the National Press Club yesterday. The seminar was organised by Unnayan Shamannay. Khaled said the government should directly allocate funds for pover...

Uncertainty over KEPZ will give out the wrong message

With the handover of land not being resolved as yet, fears have cropped up over the future of Yongone Group’s KEPZ in Anwara, Chittagong. Uncertainty over KEPZ will give out the wrong message to investors. South Korean ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Yun Young thinks that the answer to the problem lies in the agreement signed by the two countries for the expansion and maintenance of bilateral investment. Speaking to Prothom Alo in an exclusive interview at his residence on Saturday afternoon, Lee Yun Young expressed his opinion that, for the sake of friendship between the two countries, the decision to set up Bangladesh’s first private EPZ should be implemented speedily. Prothom Alo: At a recent meeting chaired by the prime minister, a decision was made to take back KEPZ land. When did ...

ICC, B team at China-South Asia Business Forum

ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman, Vice President Mrs. Rokia A. Rahman and Former DCCI President & ICC Bangladesh Member Asif Ibrahim left Dhaka for Kungming (today) to attend the 10th China-South Asia Business Forum held during 10-13 June. iccb prsidentICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman has been invited by the Vice Governor of Yunnan Province People's Republic of China to deliver a speech as a VIP Guest on June 12 on “Promote the Construction of Silk Road Economic Belt : accelerate the pace of business cooperation.” ICC B...
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