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US business delegation in Bangladesh to explore opportunities

Publish: 09:41 AM, 09 May, 2022


A delegation from the United States, members of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, is visiting Bangladesh till 11 May to explore economic opportunities between the two countries.

Over 25 executives from across sectors like digital, energy, financial services, insurance, and agriculture are part of the executive business delegation.

The delegation of global business leaders is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at Foreign Service Academy Monday afternoon.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas had a brief interaction with it Sunday.

Senior officers of the US Embassy in Dhaka and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bangladesh shared their briefing on high-level opportunities for stronger Bangladesh-US economic and commercial ties.

The purpose of the council's first trade mission to Bangladesh is to renew old friendships and explore opportunities for new partnerships, said Jay R Pryor, vice-president (business development), Chevron.

Pryor, also inaugural board chair of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, said the US companies want to contribute to Bangladesh's impressive economic development.


Bangladesh   Foreign investments   Bangladesh-US relationship   Business opportunities  


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Ctg customs realises 15pc VAT from bitumen importers

Publish: 07:49 PM, 04 Aug, 2022


The Chattogram Customs House has started to realise VAT from the business houses which imported bitumen and got it released without paying revenue as per amended SRO. It already served notice upon three importers for realising VAT against seven released consignments. The customs realised Tk 43 lakh from an importer as against the released bitumen.

On June 28, the National Board of Revenue (NRB) issued an amended SRO providing for 15 percent VAT on the imported bitumen with effect from June 29.
As 15 percent VAT was not inducted into the computer system, the three importers took the chance and got seven consignments released without paying the revenue, sources said.

By the end of July, the evasion of VAT came to the notice of the customs officials. The situation prompted the Chattogram Customs House to contact NBR to induct the VAT issue into the computer system.

Roksana Khatun, deputy commissioner of Chattogram customs house, said “The 15 VAT was not inducted into ASYCUDA World system of the NBR due to technical glitch.  Seven consignments were released as per previous rules.  When the issue came to notice, we served notice upon the importers. In response, an importer paid Tk 43 lakh in VAT. Two other importers will make payment upon receipt of the notices. There is no scope for the VAT to be unrealised.”

The three importers in question are Kamal and Brothers, Dhaka Concrete and Dean and Company.


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Central Bank identified 10 weak banks

Publish: 05:10 PM, 04 Aug, 2022


Bangladesh Bank has marked 10 banks as weak banks. This list has been made by considering the level of classified loans, capital adequacy, loan-deposit ratio and the amount of provisioning or security.

This was stated by Governor Abdur Rauf Talukder in ‘Meet the press’ organized at the Jahangir Alam conference room of the Central Bank on Thursday (August 4). However, he did not mention the names of the banks.

The report of the central bank in Meet the Press said that the master circular regarding debt rescheduling and restructuring has been issued to ensure transparency and accountability regarding the implementation of bank decisions in debt management. According to the conditions mentioned in this circular, the banks will be able to decide on the above matters themselves, which was done earlier in a very opaque and uneven manner.

In order to identify relatively weak banks, four variables such as level of classified loans, capital adequacy, loan-deposit ratio and amount of provisioning have been taken into consideration. Based on this, 10 weak banks have been identified.

Bangladesh Bank is starting discussion process on one-to-one basis with the identified weak banks to solve their problems. In this case, the banks will give a three-year business plan, the progress of which will be monitored by a senior official of Bangladesh Bank.

The governor said, I do not want to name the weak banks. However, the name has already appeared in the newspaper. Our aim is to make banks financially stronger through development.


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Inflation drops in July compared to June

Publish: 03:21 PM, 03 Aug, 2022


Inflation eased in July compared to June. What was 7.56 percent in June has decreased to 7.48 percent in July.

Planning Minister MA Mannan gave this information in a press conference at the Planning Commission on Wednesday (03 August).

The Planning Minister said that inflation was 7.56 percent in June. It has dropped to 7.48 percent in July. Inflation decreased by 0.8 percent in one month. Inflation is expected to decrease further this month.

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics mainly calculates inflation for 422 products. In this case, food price inflation was 8.93 percent in June, it has decreased to 8.79 percent in July.

According to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, although food inflation decreased in July compared to June, non-food inflation increased. Non-food inflation was 6.51 percent in June. It increased to 6.58 percent in July.

In this regard, the Planning Minister said that inflation has come down due to the reduction in prices of rice, oil and wheat. Shipments of wheat are also coming from Russia.

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$33 billion trade deficit in Bangladesh for 2021-22 FY

Publish: 10:16 AM, 02 Aug, 2022


The financial year 2021-22 has just ended. In this financial year, the trade deficit is 33.25 billion dollars (more than 3 lakhs 14 thousand crore Tk), which is the highest in the history of the country. At the same time, the deficit in the current account balance of foreign transactions also exceeded 18.5 billion dollars. Last financial year there was a trade deficit of 23.77 billion dollars.

This information was found in a report published by Bangladesh Bank on Monday (August 1) on the balance of foreign transactions (balance of payments) for the financial year 2021-22.

Bangladesh has a big deficit in current account balance. Deficit (negative) for the outgoing fiscal year stood at $18.69 billion. In the previous fiscal year 2020-21, the deficit was $4.57 billion during the same period.

In addition, the deficit amount in the overall transaction (overall balance) of the financial year 2021-22 has stood at 5.38 million dollars. However, in the same time of the fiscal year 2020-21, this index had a surplus of 9.27 billion dollars.

According to the report, remittances equal to 21.03 billion dollars came to the country in the outgoing financial year. This is 15 percent less than the same period of the previous fiscal year.

According to the report, the export income in the last financial year was 49.24 billion dollars. Export income has increased by 33.45 percent compared to the previous financial year. At the same time, the import expenditure was 82.49 billion dollars. Imports increased by 35.95 percent. Trade deficit also widened as imports grew faster than exports.

The trade deficit of the services sector also increased during the period. Bangladesh earned 9.98 billion dollars in services sector in the outgoing financial year. On the other hand, the country has spent 13.85 billion dollars in the service sector. Deficit of service sector stands at 3.87 billion dollars. The deficit was $3.02 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal year 2020-21.

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Remittance flow increased, Tk 15600 crore came in 21 days

Publish: 06:27 PM, 25 Jul, 2022


The remittance flow of the country has returned again. This flow increased due to remittances sent by expatriates during the month of Eid. In the first 21 days of this July, 164 crore 28 million USD of remittances have arrived in the country. As per the current exchange rate of the local currency (Tk 95 per dollar), this amount is Tk 15 thousand 606 crore. An average of 743 crores per day.

This information has been revealed in the latest report of Bangladesh Bank on remittances.

According to the data of the Central Bank, Bangladeshi expatriates sent remittances of 2103 crores 17 lakhs (21.3 billion) US dollars to the country through banking channels in the recently concluded fiscal year 2021-22, which is 15.11 percent less than the previous fiscal year. In the fiscal year 2020-21, expatriates sent remittances of two thousand 477 crore 77 lakh (24.77 billion) dollars.

Remittances of 183 crore 72 million dollars came in June. This figure is 48 million dollars less than the previous month. In May this year, remittance of 188 crore 53 lakh came in the country.

Meanwhile, due to the dollar crisis in the country, the value of money is decreasing. In the interbank currency market, the central bank is now selling dollars to commercial banks at the rate of 94 taka 45 paisa. Means that Bangladesh Bank is selling dollars to the banks at this rate to meet the government import bill.

Earlier, this rate was 86 taka 45 paisa in early May this year. According to this, the value of taka has decreased by 8 in two months.

However, it has been found out in various banks and curb markets, now banks are charging 96 to 98 taka for import bills, selling cash dollars for 99 to 100 taka. And dollars are being sold at Tk 102 to Tk 104 in the open market or curb market outside the bank.