Same numbers, new story

June 16, 2014
Nofel Wahid
Same numbers, new story

A lot has been said and written about this year’s budget. At first glance the story seems very familiar.
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Posted in Economy | 4 Comments »

Time to establish ‘Access Regimes’ for public infrastructure

March 4, 2014
Nofel Wahid
Time to establish ‘Access Regimes’ for public infrastructure

The new Government has announced that it will prioritise the delivery of six infrastructure projects. The projects include the Padma Bridge
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Posted in Development, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Training the Emons of Bangladesh

September 5, 2013
Nofel Wahid
Training the Emons of Bangladesh

Some months ago, on a Dhaka-bound flight from Singapore, I was seated next to a 24 year-old guy from Tangail named Emon.
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Posted in Education | 21 Comments »

What should Bangladesh Bank do about Islami Bank?

March 4, 2013
Nofel Wahid
What should Bangladesh Bank do about Islami Bank?

Shahbagh protestors’ demand for a boycott of the Islami Bank (IB) appears to be having some impact (Islami Bank seeks help from central bank) indicating that
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Posted in Economy, Shahbagh Movement | 17 Comments »

Does Deutsche Bank have the solution to our volatile stock market?

December 18, 2012
Nofel Wahid
Does Deutsche Bank have the solution to our volatile stock market?

This December marks the 2-year passing of the stock market crash. To say that the stock market is struggling would be a gross understatement – almost every indicator of stock market performance suggests that.
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Posted in Economy, Finance | 5 Comments »

The banking sector needs to diversify its business model

September 16, 2012
Nofel Wahid
The banking sector needs to diversify its business model

News of alleged corruption in nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) is of course all the rage now. And so it should be, a Tk 4000 crore swindle deserves every bit of column space it gets, despite the protestations of our finance minister.
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Posted in Economy | 10 Comments »

Property prices in Dhaka – the next accident waiting to happen?

July 19, 2012
Nofel Wahid
Property prices in Dhaka – the next accident waiting to happen?

A friend of mine recently told me during a conversation that the price of an apartment in Dhanmondi is now Tk 30,000 per square feet (sq. feet). I was absolutely flabbergasted!
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Posted in Uncategorized, Urbanization | 15 Comments »

The World Bank’s cancellation is a blessing in disguise

July 12, 2012
Nofel Wahid
The World Bank’s cancellation is a blessing in disguise

Moses has reached the mountain, finally! It took a $3 billion political crisis to make it happen, but it has happened nonetheless.
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Posted in Development | 28 Comments »

You can undo mobile taxes, but not trade mobility

June 16, 2012
Nofel Wahid
You can undo mobile taxes, but not trade mobility

The budget has been delivered, and it hasn’t disappointed. At least not in terms of the controversy it has generated. When the finance minister announces a review of a budget proposal just a day or two after unveiling the budget, you know you are in for an exciting rollercoaster ride.
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Posted in Economy | 6 Comments »

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