Doing Business in Bangladesh (Course, Master)

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

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

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

  1. To analyse Bangladeshi economy and foreign trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in Bangladesh
  3. To explore Bangladeshi trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Bangladeshi Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of Bangladeshi business people and companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Bangladeshi market

The eLearning Subject “Doing Business in Bangladesh” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade, Muslim Countries, Asia
  2. Doctorates: Islamic Countries, Asia, Foreign Trade

The course materials are available in Master 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 Online Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Bangladesh”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Higher Education programs adapted to Bangladeshi Students.

Online Students, Master in International Business

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Salman F Rahman Bangladeshi Businessman (Course)





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

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 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 Central Eurasian Economic Area (Islamic Civilisation).

Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh)
Muhammad Yunus Bangladeshi Businessman (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 growth in textile and wearing apparel, petroleum products, drugs and pharmaceuticals, fertilizer, footwear, glass products, cement, electronics, and food and beverage industries
  2. 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. Annual market size for information technology (computer hardware, peripherals, and software): 25 million dollars
  5. Currency: Taka (BDT)
  6. Bangladeshi GDP (nominal): 118.7 billion dollars
    1. Agriculture: 17.3% of 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 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.

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 Investment Board Act 1989, the Board of Investment is the leading private investment promotion and facilitation agency of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Free Trade Agreements (FTA).

As the South Asian Free-Trade Area (SAFTA) comes into force, 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, 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).

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

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC, Doctorate)

Bangladesh is a member of:

  1. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  2. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  3. Islamic Development Bank
  4. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  5. Boao Forum for Asia
  6. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
  7. Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)
  8. Colombo Plan
  9. Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership

Samples - Business in Bangladesh

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e-Course: Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

Indian-Ocean Rim Association IORA (Master)

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India-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement (Course)

Bhutan-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement (Course)

Trade Preferential System TPS Organisation of Islamic Cooperation



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