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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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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

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Tea estate workers and their employers have different ways of calculating total wage
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At Risk: Workplace Protections Expire Soon

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 3 June 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Few of the 190 global clothing retailers that signed the original Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh agree to renew it. Unvaccinated migrant workers face an uphill battle. Google and Amazon get registered in Bangladesh. And Rohingya tell the UNHCR ‘we don’t want to live here’.

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Water Crisis May Get Severe, Say Experts

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 27th May 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…A division is in a severe drought. Migrants are pulled from the Mediterranean. After a five year ban, one export resumes. And while women lead the two largest political parties, how represented are women in politics?

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What’s Exceeding Expectations?

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 20th May 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…National Identity cards and services will no longer be the responsibility of the Election Commission. Money “whitening” schemes will continue until there’s no more undisclosed money to disclose says an official. Meanwhile, some bank accounts have seen incredible growth. And sunflowers could transform the domestic edible oil market.

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Eid Mubarak to all celebrating!

“What the Papers Say” will be on hiatus this week due to the Eid ul Fitr holiday. We will return 20 May with the latest social and economic news.

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Business Confidence Is Lowest, Says SANEM

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 6th May 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Structural transformation of the economy went backwards, says one economist. Export numbers are relatively good, but business confidence is bad. Cash assistance is coming, says the government and “What if we tax cigarettes more?” asks a revenue expert.