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‘Beautiful Bangladesh’

2016 hailed the ‘Year of Tourism’ as mega plan gets under way


Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation

With the development of tourism hotspots, new luxury hotels being built and improved air connectivity, ‘Beautiful Bangladesh’ looks set to... Mar 06, 2016

Tourism & Culture | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Made in Bangladesh

Garment makers realign ‘Made in Bangladesh’ brand with quality, care, and worker safety




The 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy, in which more than 1,000 people lost their lives, put Bangladesh’s textiles industry in the global spotlight for all... Feb 29, 2016

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


The growth of the Beximco Group

Diversified conglomerate aims to take Bangladesh to the world


Shayan F. Rahman, Director of the Beximco Group

Like Bangladesh itself, the growth of the Beximco Group has been rapid and unprecedented. With a presence in more than 45 countries, the company is charged... Feb 24, 2016

Conglomerate | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical companies

Pharmaceutical sector enjoys double-digit growth since 2009


Today Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical companies export to more than 52 countries worldwide, including Europe and Australia

With the rising cost of healthcare in the West creating an incentive to source cheaper quality drugs, Bangladesh is poised to become a major player in... Feb 19, 2016

Health | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Bangladesh Economic Zones Development

Exports predicted to reach $70bn by 2021 on the back of rapid industrial development


Tofail Ahmed, Minister of Commerce

Governmental industrial policy has identified several industrial sectors for augmenting rapid industrial growth and economic development, such as the ready-made... Jan 18, 2016

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Green Delta Insurance Company

Penetration rate of 1% leaves plenty of room for growth


Nasir A. Choudhury receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th Asia Insurance Industry Awards in November

As a leader, Green Delta has set the standard and continues to be innovative, earning not just its number one ranking in the country but a foothold in... Dec 04, 2015

Finance | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Bangladesh Bank

Acclaimed financial inclusion policies boost SME growth


‘Central Banker of the Year’ for the Asia-Pacific region, Dr. Atiur Rahman

The award-winning Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Artiur Rahman, is credited with implementing socially responsible financing and financial inclusion... Nov 12, 2015

Finance | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


‘If Bangladesh is confident, it will thrive’


Salman F. Rahman, Vice Chairman of the Beximco Group (top-left), MD. Atiqul Islam, President of BGMEA (top-right), Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed, Chairman of Standard Bank (bottom-left), Nasir A. Choudhury, Managing Director of Green Delta Insurance (bottom-r

United World gathers the opinions of some of Bangladesh’s most important business leaders from across the economic spectrum, from textiles and pharmaceuticals... Nov 02, 2015

Industry & Trade | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Bangladesh and Russia

Russia to help build 2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant


President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

With strong relations dating back to the war of liberation in 1971, Bangladesh and Russia are seeing a closer and more comprehensive partnership spanning... Oct 29, 2015

Government | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Shared Values & Stronger Alliances

U.S.-Bangladesh relationship evolves from one of aid to that of strategic partnership


U.S.-Bangladesh relationship evolves from one of aid to that of strategic partnership

America’s partnership with Bangladesh is broader, deeper, and stronger than ever Oct 25, 2015

Government | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Japan and Bangladesh

Japan to provide $6bn over next five years as part of the industrial growth initiative


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised Bangladesh for its spectacular success in economic and social sectors and lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s... Oct 21, 2015

Government | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Bangladesh and China

Cooperation with China reaches all time high as nations mark 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with China’s President Xi Jinping

Although Bangladesh and China have interacted for millennia, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations between... Oct 18, 2015

Government | Asia-Pacific | Bangladesh


Banks aim to build ‘sustainable economic model’

Shah A. Sarwar
Managing Director and CEO of IFIC Bank

United World speaks with Shah A. Sarwar, Managing Director and CEO of IFIC Bank, to discuss... Nov 21, 2015


Human development and parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
Speaker of the Parliament

Speaker of Bangladesh’s Parliament, Jatiyo Sangshad, and new Commonwealth Parliamentary... May 12, 2015


Water: The lifeblood of all Bangladesh

Mr. Anisul Islam Mahmud
Honorable Minister of Water Resources

United World sits down with the Honorable Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Anisul Islam... May 12, 2015


“Good planning means making the vision a reality”

Hon. Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal
Honorable Minister of Planning

Bangladesh’s Honorable Minister of Planning, AHM Mustafa Kamal spoke with United World... May 12, 2015


Spreading the message of economic growth

Hon. Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu
Minister of Information

United World sits down with the Hon. Minister of Information Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu to discuss... May 12, 2015


A new industrial powerhouse

Mr. Amir Hossain Amu
Honorable Minister of Industries

United World sits down with the Honorable Minister of Industries Amir Hossain Amu to discuss... May 12, 2015


“Beckoning a New Era of Prosperity”

Hon. Abul Maal A Muhith
Honorable Minister of Finance

Honourable Minister of Finance Abul Maal A Muhith sat down with United World to discuss... May 12, 2015


Education for all

Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid
Honorable Minister of Education

Honourable Minister of Education Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid sits down with United World to discuss... May 12, 2015


Bangladesh prioritizes low cost mass housing

Eng. Mosharraf Hossain
Honorable Minister of Public Works and Housing

The Minister of Housing and Public Works has seen a fast changing Bangladesh reach new heights... May 12, 2015


Feeding RMG exports

Mr. Emaz Uddin Pramannik
Honorable Minister of Jute and Textiles

United World sits with Bangladesh’s Minister of Jute and Textiles to discuss two of... May 12, 2015


Focus on Health and Family Welfare vital to achieving development goals

Mr. Mohammed Nasim
Honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mr. Mohammed Nasim has focused on achieving... May 12, 2015


Central Bank Governor of the Year 2015, Asia Pacific

Dr. Atiur Rahman
Governor, Bangladesh Central Bank

The ‘Green Governor’ has a reputation for innovative thinking and problem solving.... Apr 13, 2015


Acclaimed financial inclusion policies boost SME growth

The award-winning Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Artiur Rahman, is credited with implementing... Nov 12, 2015


The growth of Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Mr. Kyle Haywood
CEO & Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Mr. Kyle Haywood, the new CEO & Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, sits... Mar 25, 2015


“Micro-credit has become one of the star shows of this government”

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith
Minister of Finance of Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Minister of Finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhith talks to World Report about the country’s... May 22, 2013


"Friendship to all and malice towards none"

Dipu Moni
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Dipu Moni speaks with World Report about her country’s history,... May 22, 2013



LOCATION:   

Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India

 

AREA:   

total: 143,998 sq km



CLIMATE:   

tropical; mild winter update paises set descripcion = October to March); hot, humid summer update paises set descripcion = March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon update paises set descripcion = June to October)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES:   

natural gas, arable land, timber, coal

 

LANGUAGES:   

Bangla update paises set descripcion = official, also known as Bengali; English

 

RELIGIONS:   

Muslim 89.5%, Hindu 9.6%, other 0.9% update paises set descripcion = 2004)

 

POPULATION:   

158,570,535 update paises set descripcion = July 2011 est.)



GOVERNMENT TYPE:   

parliamentary democracy

 

CAPITAL:   

name: Dhaka



INDEPENDENCE:   

16 December 1971 update paises set descripcion = from West Pakistan); note - 26 March 1971 is the date of independence from West Pakistan, 16 December 1971 is known as Victory Day and commemorates the official creation of the state of Bangladesh

 

LEGAL SYSTEM:   

mixed legal system of mostly English common law and Islamic law

 

GDP - real growth rate:   

6% update paises set descripcion = 2010 est.)



GDP - composition by sector:   

agriculture: 18.6%

industry: 28.5%

services: 53% update paises set descripcion = 2010 est.)

 

AGRICULTURE - products:   

rice, jute, tea, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes, tobacco, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruit; beef, milk, poultry

 

INDUSTRIES:   

cotton textiles, jute, garments, tea processing, paper newsprint, cement, chemical fertilizer, light engineering, sugar

 

EXPORTS:   

$19.24 billion update paises set descripcion = 2010 est.)



EXPORTS - partners:   

US 22.1%, Germany 14.1%, UK 8.5%, France 6.8%, Netherlands 6.1% update paises set descripcion = 2010)

 

IMPORTS:   

$24.72 billion update paises set descripcion = 2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 65

$19.68 billion update paises set descripcion = 2009 est.)

 

IMPORTS - partners:   

China 18.9%, India 12.7%, Singapore 6%, Malaysia 4.7%, Japan 4% update paises set descripcion = 2010)



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