Mr. Muhith’s budget: Spending out of the rut

June 29, 2015
M A Taslim
Mr. Muhith’s budget: Spending out of the rut

The Minister of Finance (MF) of the country, Mr. AMA Muhith, placed the 2015-16 Budget proposal before the Parliament on June 4, 2015. This was the seventh time he repeated the ritual without any interruption. No other MF has this distinction. During this long period he has raised the budget expenditure from BDT 1016...
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A quiet transition

October 5, 2014
M A Taslim
A quiet transition

During the early phases of economic development most people in a country find employment in agricultural and related activities.
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Is monetary policy working?

September 2, 2014
M A Taslim
Is monetary policy working?

Recently a research institute assembled a bevy of economists for a discussion on the biannual publication of Bangladesh Bank (BB), Monetary Policy Statement July-December 2014.
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Overseas employment: Domestic linkages

July 20, 2014
M A Taslim
Overseas employment: Domestic linkages

Temporary movement of labour abroad for employment is a relatively new phenomenon in Bangladesh. It started a few years after the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country on a modest scale.
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Raising CRR: What Bangladesh Bank gains, public loses

June 29, 2014
M A Taslim
Raising CRR: What Bangladesh Bank gains, public loses

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has slapped on an increase in the cash reserve ratio (CRR) by one-half percent on the commercial banks.
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Tariffs and consumer welfare

April 25, 2014
M A Taslim
Tariffs and consumer welfare

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) abruptly raised import duties on sugar on 6 April 2014. Currently import duties on sugar are in the form of specific duties and advance trade VAT.
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Business expectations and investment

March 20, 2014
M A Taslim
Business expectations and investment

Government leaders often claim that the economy has suffered badly because of the ‘sahinsa’ movement carried out by the opposition 18-party
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Off the mark: The ‘feel good’ feel

December 26, 2013
M A Taslim
Off the mark: The ‘feel good’ feel

A common narrative of economic development of Bangladesh is that it has done remarkably well despite all natural and self-made catastrophes.
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TICFA: The capitulation

December 5, 2013
M A Taslim
TICFA: The capitulation

After years of fruitless deliberations, the government has finally succumbed to internal and external imperatives to sign a Trade
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Rupee depreciation and apparel export of Bangladesh

October 24, 2013
M A Taslim
Rupee depreciation and apparel export of Bangladesh

Bangladesh has put the ongoing economic downturn to at last one good use; it has built up a sizeable stock of
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Common currency in South Asia: A Trojan Horse

June 24, 2013
M A Taslim
Common currency in South Asia: A Trojan Horse

The finance minister sometimes says things that embarrass the nation. When the Sonali Bank-Hall Mark scam, a massive Tk 3600 crore case of embezzlement
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Investment and growth

June 6, 2013
M A Taslim
Investment and growth

More than seven decades ago a British economist Roy Harrod had advanced a theory that implied the growth rate of an economy was equal to the investment
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