Latest articles from Bangladesh

Rate challenges squeeze interest income at Bangladeshi banks

October 1, 2021

Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh saw net interest income decline 12% year-on-year to $179m in 2020.

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NPLs cast a shadow over Bangladesh's boom

December 2, 2019

Bangladesh’s phenomenal economic growth is obscuring the fact that parts of its banking sector are suffering with persistent NPLs.

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Bangladesh feels the strain of economic boom

December 2, 2019

Bangladesh's economy is growing fast but its cities face huge air pollution challenges, and the country’s weak infrastructure is buckling under the strain of this economic growth. 

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Bangladesh finance minister looks to smaller, simpler sector

April 3, 2018

Bangladesh’s finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, talks to Stefania Palma about the local banking sector, the current account deficit and government revenue, ahead of stepping down at the end of 2018, after a decade at the ministry.

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Dhaka Stock Exchange managing director explains China choice

April 3, 2018

The managing director of the Dhaka Stock Exchange explains to Stefania Palma why the bourse chose investment from a Chinese consortium over a competing offer from India, and how the exchange will grow in the coming years.

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Will Bangladesh realise its potential?

April 3, 2018

Bangladesh’s banking sector has yet to resolve problems relating to non-performing loans, governance and the soundness of its supervision. But a large population that is still predominantly financially excluded offers local banks enormous potential, as Stefania Palma reports.

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Bangladesh turns attention towards China

April 3, 2018

While some Belt and road Initiative projects have slowed in Bangladesh, the country’s enormous infrastructure needs and fast pace of growth make it an enticing partner for China. Stefania Palma reports.

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Fazle Kabir: The unconventional route to financial inclusion

January 3, 2017

Eschewing monetary policy norms can support growth and lead to positive outcomes for the socially and financially excluded, as Bangladesh is demonstrating.

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Bangladesh’s bKash revolution

March 1, 2016

In the space of just four years, mobile payments service bKash has had a dramatic effect upon Bangladesh, bringing the unbanked into the formal economy, speeding up and simplifying the process of sending money from urban to rural areas, and even helping the country’s central bank monitor inflation levels. Stefania Palma charts its dramatic rise.

What all regulators must do to promote financial inclusion

January 25, 2016

The annual Microscope global report on financial inclusion provides a kind of open-source regulation for fostering the right environment to give everyone access to banking and credit services, wherever they are, writes Michael Schlein, president and chief executive of Accion. 

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