Asia > Southern Asia > Bangladesh


Capital: Dhaka; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 7.1%
Key Facts

Full name: People's Republic of Bangladesh
Population: 164.4 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 143,998 sq km (55,598 sq miles)
Major language: Bengali
Major religions: Islam, Hinduism
Life expectancy: 69 years (men), 70 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 taka = 100 paisa
Main exports: Garments, fish, jute goods, leather products
GNI per capita: US $700 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .bd
International dialling code: +880

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Bangladesh Difficult business environment weighs on economic performance



    Difficult business environment weighs on economic performance

  • Asia Economic Roundup: July 2016


    Without a doubt Britain’s decision to abandon the European project will be remembered globally as a wake-up call for political elites around the world. It seems the people chose to go against immediate economic interest and accept an extra financial turmoil in order to address deeply seated social and identity issues.

    Although Asia’s exposure to the UK is relatively limited and this is not exactly a “Lehman Moment”, nonetheless we can expect a lively debate as policymakers in Asia look for an appropriate response to address the needs of vulnerable households.

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


    The 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy, in which additional than 1,000 people lost their lives, put Bangladesh’s textiles industry in the world spotlight for all the wrong reasons. As the country’s top garment manufacturers target $50 billion worth of exports by 2021, they argue that such abhorrent breaches in workplace safety compliance are the exception and not the norm

  • Bangladesh Economic Growth A middle-income nation by 2021


    Located at the heart of a booming region, Bangladesh is ideally placed to maintain and improve economic increase and achieve middle-gain country status by 2021. Internationally Bangladesh has emerged onto the world stage with key contributions to the international community’s efforts for peace, stability, and development

  • Bangladesh hails 2016 as the ‘Year of Tourism’


    With the development of tourism hotspots, new luxury hotels being built and improved air connectivity, ‘Beautiful Bangladesh’ looks set to project itself onto the international tourist map

  • Humanising banking for widespread growth


    One of the great success stories for Bangladesh Bank and the Ministry of Finance has been the successful implementation of a thriving micro-finance sector. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Bangladesh and micro-financing is helping some of the country’s 1 million SMEs and small entrepreneurs to get their businesses moving – vital to the economy considering that 90 % of private businesses in Bangladesh are SMEs.

  • Bangladesh's central bank governor, Atiur Rahman,


    Bangladesh's central bank governor, Atiur Rahman, spent an academic career championing the cause of the country's poor. He is presently – through the implementation of a number of socially responsible economic policies – putting his theories into practice, and with some success.

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  • Bangladesh has come a long way since it gained independence in 1971


    United World gathers the opinions of some of Bangladesh’s most significant business leaders from across the economic spectrum, from textiles and pharmaceuticals to aviation, telecoms, and finance. They share their thoughts on the country’s evolution, its image in the world media and the vital role the private sector is playing in the country’s development

  • Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Atiur Rahman


    As Dr. Atiur Rahman is honored by invitation to speak at the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank, United World looks at how the finance sector has worked with the Governor to ensure inclusive increase. As the only Central Bank Governor speaking at the meetings, we look at the Bangladesh financial sector from the perspective of the top management of 13 key financial institutions in Bangladesh. From international and national owned, to commercial; there is one thing that they all acknowledge upon – inclusive increase within the financial sector is reducing poverty and driving economic increase at over 6% per year. Over the next week, United World will feature a different financial institution on each day, with the following a summary of selected quotes from each exclusive interview.