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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

This week in Bangladesh…

More mouths to feed: Labour productivity and mechanisation key to rice productivity
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Where Are We? Eight Years Later

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 29th April 2021.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…It is the eight-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy. What is the status of the garment industry and worker safety? Stakeholder give their perspectives.

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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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Covid Crisis: Export Industries and Workers

Photo by Fahad Faisal / Original used under CC BY-SA 4.0

In recent years, there has been greater attention and movement towards improving working conditions and worker safety in Bangladesh. However, the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges for both employers and employees.

To better understand this issue, Quay Asia has set out to do extensive analysis of the challenges and successes in the export-oriented industries during this unprecedented time. In a series of three articles, we will trace events from the starting point to the present day focusing on the health and safety of workers in the ready-made garment industry.

This series is primarily for the benefit of policy makers and administrators in the private sector. The goal is to inspire better practices to protect workers, avoid sudden disaster and ensure long-term sustainability of businesses.

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Open for Business

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 and The Financial Express. Here is the news for the week ending 28 May 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…blacklisting buyers? Bangladeshi garment suppliers push back. Japan may invest, and while farmers face the consequences of cyclone Amphan, offices are allowed to open after two months of COVID closures.

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Lobbying for Loans

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 and The Financial Express. Here is the news for the week ending 21 May 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…financial uncertainty looms for many sectors, including garments, farmers and migrant workers. Businesses work together to lobby the banks for loans, and the government sends aid money using mobile phones.

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Formalising Enterprise

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor 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 22 February 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about new venture capital financing and about changes in informal employment. Accord reports on remediation in the garment sector.  And the International Labour Organization urges Bangladesh to ensure that the Bangladesh Labour Act and the Bangladesh Labour Rules meet the ILO Conventions.

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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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Clothes Rack up Growth

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 14th December, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about export growth in garments, footwear and jute products. Growth in Information and Communications Technology business and exports is on track. And the Government takes several initiatives to introduce more development projects and other economic investments.

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Information Inflation

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 30th November, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about growth in the agriculture sector, education sector, and high expectations from the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.