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Covid Crisis: Export Industries and Workers

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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 put together a comprehensive account 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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A Boost to 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. Here is the news for the week ending 1st October 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…there were numbers on job losses and reduced consumption. The government introduced initiatives to encourage the economy: grants to boost exports, more microfinance and more entrepreneur-friendly terms. And the garment supply chain goes virtual.

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Danger Inside the Home

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 25 June 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…there was a proposal put forth to decrease domestic violence. Many private school teachers haven’t been paid in months, but small relief may come soon. And the news about the hajj may mean financial losses for many Bangladeshi businesses.

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Exports up Seven Percent

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 11th January, 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear good news about export growth  while the exchange rate of the Dollar appreciates against the Taka,  The World Bank invests in major safety net programmes and the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment plans to send around 1 million workers overseas for employment. But we also hear about hazardous working conditions in Bangladesh.

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Development Initiatives

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 2nd November 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about new initiatives to boost development. New trade agreements are formed to increase business relationships. Markets of garments and agricultural products are prospering. Foreign investors are keen to invest. But the complexities of doing business in the country have become a major barrier.

Some farmers are still struggling. Workers are unhappy with wage discrimination and harassment. Remittance inflow was the lowest in six years. And women continue to feel threatened by child marriage and workplace discrimination.

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Dhaka Weavers First

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 24th November 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…Businesswomen struggle to get bank loans while Jamdani weavers gain recognition of their craft. Saudia Arabai welcomes Bangladeshi doctors but turn male labourers away. And Bangladesh looks to greater self-sufficiency in pursuit of its development goals.

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Young Farmers Needed

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 6th October 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…The World Bank celebrates success in reducing extreme poverty while the Asian Development Bank increase its loan portfolio. Older farmers are less able to meet the country’s food requirements and a Dutch ministers says retailers must review buying practices.

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Economic Zones Key

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 23rd June 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…there has been a record FDI flow of $2.2 billion in 2015, which is 44.1% higher compared to 2014. But Economist are skeptical about the targeted GDP growth of 8% because private investment to GDP ratio remains low. As part of private sector development project, World Bank sanctioned a loan of $130 million to Bangladesh. NGOs come together to progress  the Sustainable Development Goals. And Malaysia sends 2500 undocumented Bangladeshi workers home.

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Beyond Building Labour

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 9th June 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…despite the drop in oil prices and revenue for oil producing countries, Bangladesh still hopes to send another one million labourers to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.  But activists demand a reduction in migration cost for workers. The World Bank approves a $213 million loan to reduce poverty. Creating new jobs remains a challenge for government. And the International Labour Organization’s “Start & Improve Your Business” program focuses on small businesses to create employment.

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Skills Produces 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 5th May 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…Bangladesh’s growth projections look optimistic, even if they come with attached concerns. Reports revealed that skills training and a better work environment could greatly improve Bangladesh’s standing as a regional leader on garments. Oil price drops reduce remittance flow back to Bangladesh. Row in Chittagong slows water transport cargo movement.