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Labour & The Latest Lockdown

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 16th April 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The latest lockdowns means low-wage and informal workers contend with less and the garment sector staggers. There’s another revision of the projected GDP – the question is, “Up or down?” And the World Bank makes recommendations for spurring economic growth.

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The Digital Divide in Bangladesh

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 2nd April 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Education experts weigh in on the challenges of beginning classes again. The World Bank wants to finance jobs and wage protections. Mango farmers are optimizing and increasing yields. And we explain how Bangladesh fares in digital connectivity.

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The Future of Bangladesh’s Garment Sector

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 26th March 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Data reveals which groups constitute the new poor. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is increasing rural investment through Money for Work. McKinsey & Company published an article about “What’s next?” And we know the MRT lines are under construction – but could Dhaka get a subway system too?

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Growth, Agricultural and Digital

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 18th March 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

The government wants farmers to cultivate more land to increase food production. Photo by Nishaan Ahmed on Unsplash.

…The Government of Bangladesh is funding farmers and looking to spend big in digital connectivity and infrastructure. And for the first time, some of those funds are coming from the foreign reserve funds.

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People Are Moving. Is the Economy Following?

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 10th March 2021.

Photo by Niloy Biswas on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Bangladeshis are more mobile now than before the pandemic, but meanwhile, borrowers and banks haven’t fully recovered. There’s insight into child marriages, and more about the plight of working women. And days before a major India-Bangladesh meetup, it seems everyone’s talking about what’s on the agenda.

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The Agro-Based Economy

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 4th March 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Jute prices continue to climb, with consequences. The government revised the development budget with a boost to the rural economy. Remittances and migrant workers make headlines. And in step one of three, Bangladesh is approved for LDC graduation.

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Vaccinations Underway, but Not Without Challenges

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 25th February 2021.

Photo by Ahmed Hasan on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Bangladesh seeks more vaccine doses to fulfill its inoculation goal. Reporting reveals the plight of some migrant workers and efforts to improve their lot. One bank in Bangladesh tops them all. And last year at least 300 small and medium garment factories closed – how many have reopened?

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Updates

“What the Papers Say” will be on hiatus this week because Mary Khan, our communications manager, is on leave.

Come back 18th February for the latest social and economic news!

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Credit for the Unbanked

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 4th February 2021.

The government has approved a loan package to benefit unbanked farmers and small business owners. Photo by Manzur Alam on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…There’s a new stimulus package and new loan repayment terms. The government delayed the directive for schools to open. People express frustration and promises over bicycle lanes in the crowded capital city. And what will the military coup in Myanmar mean for the Rohingya in Bangladesh?

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Doses Delivered and Schools Reopening

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 28th January 2021.

Schools might open as early as 4 February, although many students will start with in-person classes once in a week. Photo by Ahmed Hasan on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The first Covid-19 vaccinations were delivered, and schools are making plans to reopen. The government is considering major investments in multiple skills-based education initiatives. There’s the latest data on the expected GDP growth rate and the present poverty rate. And one analysis attempts to answer, “How many garment jobs have been lost?”