Connectivity and Trading in Power & Energy: A Regional and International Dimension

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Towards Sustainable Development: Lessons From MDGs & Pathway for SDGs

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Myanmar must accept the Rohingya Muslims as its own

An unprecedented 400,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25 to flee persecution and death in Myanmar. Bangladesh, itself densely populated and mired in rural poverty, is struggling to manage the massive influx. Most of the refugees are encamped in Cox’s Bazar, a resource-strapped district in southern Bangladesh. With the country already hosting tens… Read More

Reaching out to neighbours

As ASEAN celebrates 50, reflections on SAARC’s failed decades The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is among the world’s largest regional intergovernmental organisations. Since its inception, the countries in the region have become more integrated through enhanced intraregional trade and connectivity. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), geographically proximate to ASEAN, started… Read More

What we’ve achieved and the challenges ahead – 50 years of ASEAN

As ASEAN marks its 50th Anniversary, the bloc’s economic achievements with regards to intra-regional trade and connectivity have been remarkable. Today Southeast Asia has a combined GDP of about $2.4 trillion. Overall trade has grown from $10 billion in 1967 to $2.3 trillion in 2015. The GDP per capita has increased by 63.2%, from 2007… Read More

Brighter Lives for Refugees

In connection with Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, IKEA has donated a total of €30.8 million to help the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) bring light and renewable energy to refugee camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The impacts of this initiative are: Over 284,000 refugees and members of host communities in Ethiopia… Read More

Bangladesh’s Bold Journey: From the MDGs to the SDGs

Bangladesh is one of the bright stars from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era. The final MDG progress report published by the General Economics Division (GED) of the Bangladesh Planning Commission indicated Bangladesh’s remarkable progress: poverty was cut in half and school enrollment in primary and secondary achieved 97%. However, other social challenges persist such as… Read More

Bangladesh Assistance in Rohiynga Crisis: The Need for Scaling-up Relief & Aid

The harrowing encounters of the Muslim Rohingya minority group is a testament of the constant struggle for basic human rights which others take for granted, the rights that people are entitled to by virtue of them being human. This ethnic Muslim group constitute around one million of the total 50 million population in the Buddhist… Read More

Bangladesh bears brunt of Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya

Since Aug 25, over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the Myanmar state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been harbouring the Rohingya for decades, bringing the total asylum count, according to unofficial sources, to around a staggering 900,000. No other developing nation has hosted this many Rohingya refugees for so many years. The United… Read More

The Lady and the Exodus

The escalating campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s military in Rakhine State is threatening to undermine the country’s ongoing democratic transition – and to tarnish irrevocably the reputation of the country’s de facto leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. But she still wields enough moral authority to act. DHAKA – Myanmar is in crisis. The… Read More