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Supply chain futures: Turning a tech eye on Bangladesh

While India and China still rise to the top when it comes to luring start-up companies and their investors, some venture capitalists are beginning to scan opportunities popping in neighboring Bangladesh. Like other parts of Asia, Bangladesh's inklings of IT and technology appeal has more to do with its longer-term potential, than the current challenges it faces as a emerging country in the vital Asian economy. Vetted out through some recent statistics, one could see why technology entrepreneurs and funders may want to start setting up shop there. One striking number is that 70% of the country's population is under the age of 35, and its mobile-first adoption approach has resulted in more than 125 million mobile subscribers and 24.5% Internet penetration, according to this GeekTime re...

‘Better Regulation’ is progress towards EU reforms

We know that EU rules can all too often thwart firms’ best efforts to grow their business and to create new jobs. The UK has not been shy in pushing for the change that is long overdue and we have led the debate in Europe about reducing the burden on business. That’s why, as part of our long term economic plan, I set up a taskforce of British business leaders in 2013 to look at the kind of reforms that we need to sweep away poorly-understood and ineffective rules and do away with the creep of similarly pointless regulation in the future. CamronThat tas...

Sustainable finance key to health equity

The world faces an alarming shortfall of funding needed to transform global health. If the world is to end preventable child, adolescent and maternal deaths, we need new forms of development finance to close a $33.3 billion annual funding gap. A new financing platform announced this week at the Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia aims to do just that. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is a country-driven financing partnership to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030. [caption id="attachment_18232" align="alignright" width="504"]

BD RMG industry can be a role model for Africa

Historically, the path to wealth for nations has run through manufacturing. Manufacturing gives you a way to quickly move a lot of people from low-productivity farming to higher-productivity jobs without requiring that they pick up lots of new skills first. And the garment industry fits the bill admirably; it does not not require lots of expensive infrastructure or a skilled population that can supply and maintain fancy machines, and it does use lots of low-skilled labor. Once you get people through the factory gates, their higher productivity and earnings will support improvements in infrastructure, education and services, that can fuel further growth. Eventually, one hopes that your country will get too rich to support much garment manufacturing, because workers will be able to comman...