Opinion

December 12, 2021
December 12, 2021

Graduation to Middle-Income Status: Bangladesh must address institutional weaknesses

The news that Bangladesh has been placed on a list of countries graduating from least developed status has generated a lot of excitement in the national media, as well as in government circles.

November 28, 2021
November 28, 2021

Carbon Tax is Not Dead

At the just-concluded COP26 meeting in Glasgow, the idea of carbon tax received renewed attention.

November 21, 2021
November 21, 2021

COP26: A meta-perspective

Was COP26, held in Glasgow, a success or a failure? It appears everyone has a different opinion about what the two-week-long summit achieved.

November 14, 2021
November 14, 2021

The kitchen market is on fire, thanks to the recent inflation

I regularly scan the headlines of Bangla newspapers. Recently, I came across several news items with headers that go along the line “Bajare agun, purchhey shadharon manush,” meaning “The market is...

October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021

The need to improve our worker’s compensation system

My fellow columnist, Shuprova Tasneem, was recently lamenting the lack of fair wages and workplace safety in Bangladesh.

October 17, 2021
October 17, 2021

What’s new about the 2021 Nobel Laureates in economics?

One of the most eagerly anticipated Nobel Prizes is awarded in the category of Economic Sciences and this year three Americans were honoured.

October 9, 2021
October 9, 2021

How to fix the mess in the power sector?

The power sector in Bangladesh could be considered a success story. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise energy as a key enabler for development (cf. Goal 7).

September 26, 2021
September 26, 2021

Covid vaccination: Third dose versus the first dose

The current debate over the necessity, cost, and effectiveness of the third dose or “booster shots” for Covid is generating a lot of heat.

September 19, 2021
September 19, 2021

The multi-dimensional challenges of resuscitating the Afghan economy

The USA observed the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2021, on the same day the Taliban raised its white flag on the Presidential Palace in Kabul to celebrate their victory.

September 5, 2021
September 5, 2021

Building a better world after the pandemic

Under the current global configuration, the roles played by the two rival superpowers USA and China will be pivotal not only in the geopolitical sphere, but their respective strengths will also...