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New report says Bangladesh is most vulnerable country in world

World Bank’s Groundswell report part II says Bangladesh is most vulnerable country to climate change and 13 million people may have to relocate.

Social Protection Public Expenditure Review recommends redirecting funds to poor children and to the growing number of poor people in towns and cities.

New agricultural financing scheme requires banks to use their own networks to disburse funds and not through micro-finance institutes

And Facebook, Google and Amazon deposit Value Added Tax to local tax offices for services provided in Bangladesh

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. Here is the news for the week ending:

September 16th, 2021

This week’s round up comes from:

The Daily Star and The Financial Express

This week in Bangladesh…

Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country to climate change
That sinking feeling: Bangladesh heads to COP26 in November (original image by Amit Chowdhury/Unsplash)
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New workers’ compensation scheme in the making

Government regulator presses for some form of workers’ compensation or national insurance scheme

Government cautiously reopens schools after 18 months of closure

Bangladesh negotiates for Global System of Preferences Plus with EU

New literacy and skills education initiatives launched totalling $2.5 billion

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. Here is the news for the week ending:

September 9th, 2021

This week’s round up comes from:

The Daily Star

This week in Bangladesh…

Hazards on the job: mandatory workers’ compensation schemes a must (original image by Simon Reza)
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Tanners are Poisoning a River with Toxic Waste

Parliamentary committee wants to close government industrial estate that has failed to manage toxic waste

Government considers $90 million education recovery plan to redress the negative impact of Covid-19 on children’s learning.

New International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry is launched.

A weekly round up of articles about work, education, social security, business and the economy. Here is the news for the week ending:

26 August 2021

This week’s round up comes from:

The Daily Star

This week in Bangladesh…

Toxic waste
Clean water is a gift; let’s not waste it! (Rahabi Khan/Unsplash)
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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: What Businesses Can Do

Transitions to Formal Employment

Mariam, now 22 years old, dresses up to leave for work with a smile on her face. She is now a formal employee in the factory where she was previously working as a casual worker. She is a machine operator at the factory. Mariam owes a lot to Fatema and her employer for the training they provided. The training developed her and the skills of other entry level female workers. It also built their confidence so that they can be promoted to positions as operators and supervisors. It worked for Mariam.

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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: Considering Productivity

Accounting for Low Productivity in the Informal Sector

At six o’clock in the morning Mariam, now 18 years old, wakes up and gets ready for the day. She works at a garments factory just outside Dhaka city. As she brushes her hair, she remembers her work as a maid. She was just a child. She cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids when their parents weren’t around. Maryam has bad memories of those times. She always felt the family were unhappy with her work. But she didn’t know why. Sometimes they were happy and would give her gifts of clothes and sometimes money.  When she they were unhappy…well, those really were painful memories.

That’s all behind her now. But work in the factory isn’t easy, either.

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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: Early Work Experiences

The Impact of Early Experiences of Work

“Mariam, get up!” comes a scream from the other side of the room. Mariam’s eyes open and she is forced back to reality. The sweet smell of her mother’s roti and vegetable evaporates leaving the odour of old curtains unwashed for years.

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Work Stream

Women’s Path Forward

Agamir Pothey: Promoting Our Women

Olympic Industries launches “Agamir Pothey”

“Agamir Pothey” or The Path Forward is a development programme for entry level women employees.

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Help for the Aged

Social Protection for the Poor

Manusher Jonno Foundation tells Bangladeshi citizens about their rights to the social protection schemes provided by the Government of Bangladesh.

Quay Asia assigned two highly experienced consultants to evaluate this important project.

The Civil Society project is part of a wider Programme of technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh.

UK Aid and Australian Aid support the Government of Bangladesh to improve the way it gives allowances for the poor.

But many poor people are not aware of their entitlements. And so Mansuher Jonno works with local organisations to help poor get the help they deserve.

Photo of Shameen used with her kind permission

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Double Rice Productivity to Meet Demand in 2050

Scientists plan to increase rice productivity to meet demand predicted for 2050

Schools may reopen in September after 17 months of closure

Apparel sector stakeholders take sides on future of workplace health and safety

Corruption alleged in adminstration of business stimulus loans

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. Here is the news for the week ending:

2 September 2021

This week’s round up comes from:

The Daily Stary

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More mouths to feed: Labour productivity and mechanisation key to rice productivity
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France Helps Bangladesh with €50m for Green Energy

JAAGO Foundation will use $1.6 million from private donors to provide digital education to less advantaged children

Jamdani weavers are not benefitting from Geographic Indication recognition.

Bangladesh central bank continues to advance the country’s interests by imposing fiscal discipline in the domestic banking sector and makes the first loan ever to a foreign country.

And the French development agency loans Bangladesh €50 million to support green energy.

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. Here is the news for the week ending:

19 August 2021

This week’s round up comes from:

The Daily Star and The Business Standard

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Energy from Sun and Sea
Green Energy Solution (Cox’s Bazaar by Tanjir Ahmed Chowdhury/Unsplash)
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Global warming is disastrous for Bangladesh

Bangladesh climate expert warns of dire consequences for the country due to global temperature rises. And Government fails to control release of untreated waste from factories located on public industrial estates.

Research group releases report showing pandemic has had a negative effect on a wide range of investment indicators. Dhaka business group also pessimistic about business environment under the pandemic and calls for key taxation and lending reforms.

And Government to buy $2 million of digital content for secondary level education to recover learning loss.

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. This week’s round up comes from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending:

12th August 2021

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Global Warming is Disastrous for Bangladesh (Image Anik Sarker/Unsplash)
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Bangladesh Economic Outlook Excellent Despite Pandemic

Business and financial communities speak optimistically about Bangladesh economic outlook even as Vietnam overtakes Bangladesh to become second largest exporter of garments this year.

Workers rush back to factories after sudden decision to exempt export-oriented business from ongoing lockdown. And conference speakers call for workers with modern management skills and an education system to prepare young people for the digital age.

Farmers again dissatisfied with access to finance while Government launches new app to build transparency in pricing and quality of agricultural produce. And new wholesaler, fashol.com, aims to lower costs for retailers.

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. This week’s round up comes from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending:

5th August 2021

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Updates

Edtech transforms school experience for poor kids

Edtech startup raises $1.3 million; Government hands out $53 million in cash assistance to those affected by latest lockdown; World Bank provides $50 million through Wage Earners Welfare Board to help returning migrant workers faced with unemployment.

The economy is recovering with exports in the first 11 months of FY2021 growing by 13.6% year on year.

Government appoints Dr Shamsul Alam as State Minister for Planning to expedite infrastructure projects.

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. This week’s round up comes from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending:

29th July 2021

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New edtech emerges as schools remain closed (Image Ahmed Hasan/Unsplash)
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Export recovery at risk in next lockdown

Government announces next lockdown to stop spread of Covid Delta variant. Industrialists say closing factories will kill export recovery in ready-made-garment sector just as orders take off for Winter season.

Factory fire takes 52 lives. Commentators highlight different inspection standards for export- and domestic- oriented industries. And Government advisor proposes new inspection arrangements to prevent future tragedies.

Biden nominates Peter D Haas to be next United States Ambassador to Bangladesh. And acting British High Commissioner asked to account for misleading content about Bangladesh in UK report on human rights.

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. This week’s round up comes from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending:

15th July 2021

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Construction and fire safety in Bangladesh does not always meet national standards
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Labour courts slow to resolve compensation cases

Bangladesh retains its improved status in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Local legal advisory group blasts labour courts for taking too long to resolve simple worker compensation cases.

We learn about Dhaka Bank’s contribution to the financial inclusion agenda. And Bangladesh Abstains from voting for the United Nations resolution on Myanmar.

A weekly round up of articles about work, employment, social security, business and the economy. This week’s round up comes from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending:

8th July 2021

This week in Bangladesh…

Tea estate workers and their employers have different ways of calculating total wage