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Business in Bangladesh, Dhaka

Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Bangladesh. Dhaka. Chittagong

  1. Introduction to the People's Republic of Bangladesh
  2. Bangladeshi Economy
  3. International Trade (Import, Export) of Bangladesh
  4. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Bangladesh
  5. Doing Business in Dhaka and Chittagong
  6. Business Opportunities in Bangladesh
    1. Agribusiness
    2. Electronics
    3. Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    4. Business Services
    5. Garments and textiles sector
  7. Companies in Bangladesh:
    1. Desh Group (Textile)
    2. Walton Group (Bangladeshi business conglomerate)
  8. Access to the Bangladeshi market
  9. Business Plan for Bangladesh
Bangladeshi Muslim Businesspeople:
  1. Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank)
  2. Mohammad Abdul Mannan
  3. Salman F Rahman (Beximco Group)
  4. Jahirul Islam (AFTAB Group)
  5. Samson H Chowdhury (Square)

The objectives of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Bangladesh” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Bangladeshi Economy and Foreign Trade (Import, Export, FDI)
  2. To know the business opportunities in Bangladesh
  3. To explore the Bangladeshi trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Bangladeshi Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of Bangladeshi businesspeople and companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Bangladeshi market
The Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Bangladeshbelongs to the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Masters: Business in Muslim Countries, Asia, International Business, Foreign Trade
  2. Doctorates: Islamic Business, Asian Business, World Trade

Online Students, Master in International Business and Foreign Trade

Learning materials in Courses, Masters, Doctorates in International Business in English or Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Bangladesh Study, Master in International Business in French Bangladesh

  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Bangladesh”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Bangladesh Online Master / Doctorate in Business, Foreign Trade Higher Education programs adapted to the Bangladeshi Students.

Salman F Rahman
Salman F Rahman (Bangladeshi Muslim Businessman), Bangladesh





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Description of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Bangladesh.

Transport Corridors related to Bangladesh
  1. Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor
  2. Access to the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Rail and Road Corridor (ITI-ECO)

Preferential Access and Free Trade Agreements of Bangladesh

  1. Bangladesh and the Central Eurasian Economic Area
  2. Free Trade Agreements with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Nepal
  3. Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
  4. South Asian Free-Trade Area (SAARC)
  5. Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)
  6. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  7. Trade Preferential System of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)
  8. Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT)
  9. Asian Clearing Union (ACU)
  10. South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)
  11. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

International Trade Facilitation Programs

  1. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
    1. WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
    2. WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)
    3. WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
    4. WTO Agreement on Preshipment Inspection (PSI)
    5. WTO Agreement on Safeguards (SG)
    6. WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)
  2. World Customs Organisation (WCO)
    1. Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC)
  3. International Bureau of Containers and Intermodal Transport (BIC)
  4. International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO, Chicago Convention)
  5. International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh)
Muhammad Yunus. Economist, Banker and Nobel Peace Prize (Bangladesh, Master)

Islamic Organisations

  1. Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
  2. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
    1. Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC)
    2. Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
    3. Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT)
    4. Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)
    Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)

Asian Trade and Economic Organisations

  1. Boao Forum for Asia
  2. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
  3. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  4. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  5. Colombo Plan
  6. Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership

Global Organisations

  1. United Nations (UN)
    1. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
    2. International Trade Centre (INTRACEN)
    3. World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  2. World Bank (WB)
  3. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  4. International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The People's Republic of Bangladesh.

  1. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the World (167 million)
  2. Borders of Bangladesh: India and Myanmar
  3. 98% of the population speak Bangla language (official language)
  4. The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka (7 million inhabitants)
  5. Area of Bangladesh: 147,570 square kilometres
  6. Government type: Bangladesh is a Parliamentary Republic
  7. Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971 (previously it was part of India)

Main religion in Bangladesh: Islam.

  1. Islam is the largest religion in Bangladesh; the Muslim population is about 149 million people (90% of the total population), the fourth-largest Muslim population in the World (after Indonesia, Pakistan, and India)
  2. Bangladesh is a country with a Sunni Muslim majority, mainly follow the Hanafi school of jurisprudence
  3. Hindus (15 million, 9% of the population)
  4. Christians (1 million)

Bangladesh belongs to the Central Eurasian Economic Area (Islamic Civilisation).

Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, Road Transportation Course

Economy of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh (Asia) is advantageously situated near to India, China, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets.

  1. The efficiency of the industrial sector in Bangladesh was principally based on the growth in textile and wearing apparel, petroleum products, drugs and pharmaceuticals, fertilizer, footwear, glass products, cement, electronics, and food and beverage industries
  2. The Services sector is the largest contributor to the real gross domestic product of Bangladesh
  3. Agriculture in Bangladesh still holds an important position in their economy
  4. The Annual market size for information technology (computer hardware, peripherals, and software): 25 million dollars
  5. Currency of Bangladesh: Taka (BDT)
  6. Bangladeshi GDP (nominal): 118.7 billion dollars
    1. Agriculture: 17.3% of the GDP
    2. Industry: 28.6%
    3. Services: 54.1%
  7. Bangladeshi GDP per capita: 2,000 USD

Desh Garments was the first export-oriented ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh. It was set-up in a joint venture with Daewoo (South Korea). Desh was the single largest and the most modern garment manufacturing unit in the sub-continent.

Walton HIL is the pioneer of Refrigerator, Freezer, Air Conditioner and Motorcycle Manufacturing Technology in Bangladesh.

Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Rail and Road Corridor: Turkey, Iran and Pakistan

Foreign Trade of Bangladesh.

  1. Textiles and clothing industry is the largest export segment of Bangladesh. Their factories design and produce for leading brands and retailers - distributors in the World
  2. Main exports of Bangladesh are ready-made garments, frozen foods (shrimps), leather, leather products, jute, jute products, tea, ceramic, textile fabrics, home textile, chemical product, light engineering products (bicycle)
  3. The largest trade partners of Bangladesh are the United States, European Union (EU), China, India, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
  4. Total imports of Bangladesh: 24 billion dollars
  5. Total foreign direct investment (FDI): 0.70 billion dollars
  6. Export Processing Zones are export-oriented industrial areas, which supply: infrastructures, facilities, administrative and assistance services
  7. Established under the Investment Board Act 1989, the Board of Investment is the leading private investment promotion and Trade Facilitation agency of Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Free Trade Agreements (FTA).

As the South Asian Free-Trade Area (SAFTA) comes into force, the foreign investors in Bangladesh will benefit from duty-free access to the Indian market and other SAFTA member countries (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

Bangladesh started bilaterally negotiations to form Free Trade Agreements with India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and recently, a trade and investment framework agreement with the United States is also under active consideration. Bangladesh is a beneficiary of the European Union Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

Samples - Business in Bangladesh

Indian-Ocean Rim Association IORA, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania...

India-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement

Bhutan-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement

Trade Preferential System TPS Organisation of Islamic Cooperation



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