বাংলাদেশের কাছে চীনের প্রয়োজন

এখন এক অনিবার্য প্রশ্ন হচ্ছে, বিশ্বের দ্বিতীয় বৃহত্তম অর্থনীতির দেশ কেন ৪৭তম অর্থনীতির দেশের সঙ্গে সম্পর্ক উষ্ণ করছে? গত বছরের অক্টোবরে চীনা প্রেসিডেন্ট সি চিন পিংয়ের বাংলাদেশ সফরটি ‘ঐতিহাসিক রাষ্ট্রীয় সফর’ হিসেবে চিহ্নিত হয়েছে। এটি দক্ষিণ এশিয়া ও ভারত মহাসাগর অঞ্চলের খেলা বদলে দিয়েছে। এই সফরের অংশ হিসেবে চীনা কোম্পানিগুলোর সঙ্গে বাংলাদেশি কোম্পানিগুলোর ১ হাজার… Read More

The growing strategic importance of Bangladesh to China

The visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh on October 14-15, 2016 had been dubbed as a ‘historical state visit’ poised to be a geopolitical game changer in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. At the sidelines of Xi’s visit, Bangladeshi and Chinese firms signed USD 13.6 billion worth of deals in trade… Read More

A historic visit

A look into the new era of Bangladesh-India relationship.

A short history of a big deal

Analysis of agenda of the visit by PM Sheikh Hasina to India.

As Sheikh Hasina gears up to visit India, here’s what’s on the table between India and Bangladesh

With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting India from April 7, 17 agreements and bilateral MoUs have been finalised. Almost two years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Dhaka, it is time to reflect on the progress made and issues yet to be resolved. In the last five years, trade between the two… Read More

Progress made and potentials unexplored

During the war of liberation of Bangladesh, a Canadian parliamentary delegation was sent to India to witness the plight of Bangladeshis fleeing the war-torn country in 1971. The situation of the refugees and their number were reported to the government of late Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau, which led to increased financial assistance and humanitarian support… Read More

Policies for equal access to work

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.” – Nelson Mandela, State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 1996.  The statement above holds true for all countries irrespective of economic conditions or political system. At the Davos forum this January, Oxfam… Read More

We have come a long way

Poverty is a multidimensional crisis encompassing social, economic and political components. In the last two decades, Bangladesh has shown tremendous progress in both absolute and social poverty alleviation. According to Asian Development Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy, population below poverty line almost halved from 56.6 million in 1990 to 23.6 million in 2016. In the process,… Read More

Climate change and food security

Bangladesh is among the most precarious and unpredictable countries due to climate risks (Bangladesh Country Study, 2013). It is regularly stricken by annual flooding, or shortage of water during dry seasons; it frequently suffers from cyclones, storm surges, along with changing groundwater aquifer situations. Most of the land mass comprises of floodplains, and up to… Read More

ASEAN and the Rohingya Crisis

DHAKA – The worsening plight of Muslim Rohingya communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could soon imperil the country’s government, as well as the reputation of its leader, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The crisis has been escalating since last October, when Myanmar’s military launched an offensive in which 130 Rohingya… Read More