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The Brighter Side Of The Coin: Untangling The Fundamentals Of Our Growth Story

The Brighter Side Of The Coin: Untangling The Fundamentals Of Our Growth Story

Not too long ago, a friend of mine shared a post on Facebook from Euromonitor International titled “Top 5 fastest Growing Key Emerging Economies in 2014”. I was happy (and definitely not surprised) to see that Bangladesh had made 4th position on that list. What I was disappointed to see was a wary “for now”(…)

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Actuality of the Digital Dream

Actuality of the Digital Dream

The massive wave of information and communication technology (ICT) has hit every corner on this earth including the least developed countries (LDCs). Inhabitants of LDCs often question the validity of prioritizing ICT in development goals, sometimes above a country’s basic needs like food, shelter, national security. But thanks to the current governments catchy election manifesto(…)

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Bitcoin: Doom or blessing?

Bitcoin: Doom or blessing?

A shadowy, new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of decades of intense research and development , which initially had profound implications for making most financial institutions redundant. A lot of people—me included—have trouble understanding Bitcoin. People ask what it is. There is no “it,” really. People expect it to be(…)

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Changing Dynamics in Myanmar Impact Bangladesh’s Geopolitics

Changing Dynamics in Myanmar Impact Bangladesh’s Geopolitics

On May 28, as the latest skirmish unfolded between Bangladesh’s Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP), leaving one BGB member dead, the uneasy relationship between the two neighbors again came to the fore. Although Bangladesh is mostly surrounded by India, it does share a short border with Myanmar, the importance of(…)

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THE CURRENCY CRISIS: ARE WE RIDING THE SAME BOAT AS THE RUPEE?

THE CURRENCY CRISIS: ARE WE RIDING THE SAME BOAT AS THE RUPEE?

For much of 2013, the Indian rupee experienced what can only be termed as a “nose-dive”. Since January of 2013, the rupee lost over 20% of its value – a fall which exacerbated in the May-August period with the currency losing around 13% of its net worth. The summer saw a free-fall of the rupee from(…)

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The India-Bangladesh Power Trap

The India-Bangladesh Power Trap

Following the election of its Awami League (AL) government in 2009, Bangladesh’s diplomatic relations with India have enjoyed some renewed vigor. In the years since, the relationship has flourished, with a series of high-level meetings culminating in a visit from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2011 to sign a joint communiqué. The communiqué focused on(…)

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Islamic branding: Building a Sustainable Islamic Brand (part 2)

Islamic branding: Building a Sustainable Islamic Brand (part 2)

Modern Muslim consumers are considered by many as the single largest market in the world that has been overlooked by many brands in the past. The population currently stands at 1.8 billion and by 2050, the Muslim population is expected to grow to 2.6 billion representing nearly 30 percent of the global projected population. Most(…)

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Social Business Makes Way for Impact Investment

Social Business Makes Way for Impact Investment

A million dollar question In the first part of this social business blog series, we have learnt what a social business is and how it can be used as a catalyst to remove disparity in wealth distribution throughout the world. After publishing, some of the readers asked me one common question: if social business is(…)

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Industrial Internet: A Step ahead towards an Artificial Cognitive Society?

Industrial Internet: A Step ahead towards an Artificial Cognitive Society?

The human civilization has increasingly become connected by technology and social media platforms which have forever changed the way we interact with each other. A significant part of our lives are being spent in the digital space and with each generation the time within digital network increases. Movements like “Arab Spring” have exhibited that this(…)

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Rana Plaza collapse: Awareness and actions

Rana Plaza collapse: Awareness and actions

by Mamun Rashid: Economic analyst and Vice Chairman, Financial Excellence Ltd and Bijon Islam; Director – Strategy, LightCastle Partners Bangladesh is prone to disasters. We suffer the most as a nation because of calamities – be it natural, industrial and even manmade. Possible ramifications of such catastrophes include, but are not limited to, casualty in large(…)

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