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More social security for the unemployed needed

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 and The Business Standard. Here is the news for the week ending:

1st July 2021

Transport workers lose income in pandemic

…think tanks urge Government to spend more on social security for the unemployed, questions about the Post Office “Nagad” service continue, and experts reveal that the Government’s stimulus packages is not reaching critical businesses.

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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.

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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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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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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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Record After Record Remittances

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 5th November 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The Bangladesh Bank introduced a new initiative to increase lending to small and medium enterprises. Remittance levels continue to defy expectations. And do green garment factories increase costs or profits?

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Regaining Ground


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 15th October 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…a report on the unemployment rate. Some garment factories report the percentage of their operating capacity. And ideas to mechanise and increase productivity in the farming sector.

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Diversifying

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 September 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

… Tea growers are cultivating additional crops. Bangladesh might be overly dependent on the garment sector. And financial support is coming from the largest buyer of Bangladesh garments.