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The world and the UN must reduce population growth

by Frank Götmark, Robin Maynard Gothenburg/London – On September 24-25, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to review progress toward the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs, which aim “to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all,” are commendable, and summarize the kind of world many of ... Read More »

SMEs to get access to finance, market; policy okayed

Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of SME Policy 2019, aiming to ensure access to finance, technology and market for some 78 lakh SMEs in the country. The approval came at the Cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office. “The SME Policy will be implemented from 2019 ... Read More »

Dhaka procuring 10000 electronic tools to check VAT evasion

Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has started the process to procure modern technology-based electronic fiscal devices (EFDs), aiming to check VAT evasion both at the retail and wholesale levels. Sources at the NBR said it has already placed a work order to procure 10,000 EFDs spending Tk 317 crore to install those at 24 ... Read More »

Blue economy confce adopts 17-point declaration

DHAKA, Sept 5, 2019 (BSS) – The 3rd Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Blue Economy Ministerial Conference ended here today adopting a 17-point Dhaka declaration that underlined to consider ‘Marine Spatial Planning’ as useful tool to develop marine value chains recognizing oceanic resources as a means to attain sustainable development. According to the declaration, the IORA member states will strengthen ... Read More »

The growing inequality in South Asia – SAAPE

04 September 2019, Kathmandu – South Asian countries have failed to make the use of economic growth in the region to improve the lives of the poor and marginalized people of the community, mostly women, girls and marginalised communities and reduce inequalities the region is facing. Extreme inequalities are destroying the region putting a threat to democracy, culture and security, ... Read More »

Inequality in Europe—wider than it looks

by Michael Dauderstädt on 3rd September 2019 Most discussion of inequality in Europe is confined to individual member states. Aggregating incomes across the EU, however, presents a sobering picture. How unequal is the distribution of income within the European Union? The question sounds simple but it hides a plethora of complex issues. Read More »

ADB to finance upgradation of four BD highways

Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to provide funds for the upgradation of the country’s four highways into four-lane ones, said its country director Manmohan Parkash on Wednesday. The four highways — Dhaka-Sylhet, Rangpur-Banglabandha, Rangpur-Burimari and Faridpur-Barishal — will also have separate lanes for slow-moving vehicles. Manmohan said this when he met Road, Transport ... Read More »

Eastern Caribbean takes up strategy for blue-green economy

By Jewel Fraser Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Sep 3 2019 (IPS) – Micro, small and medium enterprises as well as niche markets and experiences such as bee tourism may well hold the key for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States as countries of that sub-region, known as the OECS, ramp up efforts to build economies that are resilient to ... Read More »

Toll on using national highways for long-distance trips: PM

Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said toll should be collected from the long-distance vehicles that plyfour national highways and the money should be used forthe maintenance of the major roads. The Prime Minister said this while presiding over a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) at the NEC conference ... Read More »

Bangladesh had top GDP growth in last ten years

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Bangladesh has topped the growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the last 10 years since 2009, according to the recently released Spectator Index. This was discussed at the Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. During the decade, Bangladesh’s GDP grew by 188 percent ... Read More »

Managing the next gold rush

by Sharon E. Burke Washington, DC – The International Seabed Authority (ISA) sits perched above the concrete boardwalk of Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor, across the bay from the spot where “Calico Jack” Rackham was once gibbeted as a warning to other eighteenth-century pirates. Today, this small United Nations agency rules the high seas – or, more precisely, the seafloor some three ... Read More »

S Korea interested to invest in Bangladesh’s ports, shipping

South Korea has expressed their interest to invest in the development of Bangladesh’s shipping sector, especially in the establishment of Chittagong Port’s Bay-terminal and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal. The country has informed Bangladesh about their interest in these sectors during a meeting between Bangladesh’s state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and South Korea’s ocean and fisheries minister Moon ... Read More »

How South Asia can remain world’s fastest-growing sub-region

Lei Lei Song Since 2014, South Asia has been the fastest-growing subregion in the world, with its eight economies collectively boasting average annual growth of 7.0%. This is higher even than East Asia (6.2%), which includes China; Southeast Asia (4.9%); and the Pacific (4.7%). To carry on this impressive performance beyond the next couple of years, though, will require reforms ... Read More »

Why can’t dynamic Asia-Pacific beat poverty?

By Shuvojit Banerjee and Poh Lynn Ng Bangkok, Aug 2019 (IPS) – Asia and the Pacific is lauded globally for its rapid economic growth over recent decades and has lifted 1.1 billion people out of extreme poverty since 1990. Nevertheless, the region continues to have the largest number of poor people in the world. Read More »

Women and Green Economy: Engaging with New Dev Bank

By Govind Kelkar and Sudeshna Sengupta PWESCR is happy to present BRICS Feminist Watch’s position paper, Women and the Green Economy: Engaging with New Development Bank. The concept of Green Economy has been operationalized for the last 10 years. Politically, the concept became prevalent from the negotiation in Environmental Summit of 1992. Rio 20 became the platform where the idea ... Read More »