As the ASEAN region turns 50, human rights remain a challenge

ASEAN, poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary coming August, has come a long way since its inception through the Bangkok Declaration. While promoting free trade and economic cooperation remains its core focus, the organization was founded in 1967 by five of its current members to maintain regional stability and safeguard against the influence of communism… Read More

China needs diplomatic skills to sell Belt and Road Initiative

Regional suspicions remain about Beijing’s intentions in fostering infrastructure network When Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered his keynote speech on May 14 to 28 heads of states, leaders of international organizations and delegations from 130 nations at the opening ceremony of the China’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, he urged his audience to achieve… Read More

50 years on, the Asian Development Bank must move with the times

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says the ADB, which has played no small role in the region’s spectacular development, must now widen its network and portfolio to better respond to today’s needs Asia today is the fastest growing region in the world, housing three of the 10 largest economies – China, Japan and India. The once… Read More

বাংলাদেশের কাছে চীনের প্রয়োজন

এখন এক অনিবার্য প্রশ্ন হচ্ছে, বিশ্বের দ্বিতীয় বৃহত্তম অর্থনীতির দেশ কেন ৪৭তম অর্থনীতির দেশের সঙ্গে সম্পর্ক উষ্ণ করছে? গত বছরের অক্টোবরে চীনা প্রেসিডেন্ট সি চিন পিংয়ের বাংলাদেশ সফরটি ‘ঐতিহাসিক রাষ্ট্রীয় সফর’ হিসেবে চিহ্নিত হয়েছে। এটি দক্ষিণ এশিয়া ও ভারত মহাসাগর অঞ্চলের খেলা বদলে দিয়েছে। এই সফরের অংশ হিসেবে চীনা কোম্পানিগুলোর সঙ্গে বাংলাদেশি কোম্পানিগুলোর ১ হাজার… Read More

The growing strategic importance of Bangladesh to China

The visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh on October 14-15, 2016 had been dubbed as a ‘historical state visit’ poised to be a geopolitical game changer in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. At the sidelines of Xi’s visit, Bangladeshi and Chinese firms signed USD 13.6 billion worth of deals in trade… Read More

A historic visit

A look into the new era of Bangladesh-India relationship.

A short history of a big deal

Analysis of agenda of the visit by PM Sheikh Hasina to India.

As Sheikh Hasina gears up to visit India, here’s what’s on the table between India and Bangladesh

With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting India from April 7, 17 agreements and bilateral MoUs have been finalised. Almost two years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Dhaka, it is time to reflect on the progress made and issues yet to be resolved. In the last five years, trade between the two… Read More

Progress made and potentials unexplored

During the war of liberation of Bangladesh, a Canadian parliamentary delegation was sent to India to witness the plight of Bangladeshis fleeing the war-torn country in 1971. The situation of the refugees and their number were reported to the government of late Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau, which led to increased financial assistance and humanitarian support… Read More

Policies for equal access to work

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.” – Nelson Mandela, State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 1996.  The statement above holds true for all countries irrespective of economic conditions or political system. At the Davos forum this January, Oxfam… Read More