Bangladesh Economy

Bangladesh has been classified as a "Next Eleven" emerging market by Goldman Sachs. The JP Morgan has labelled Bangladesh as one of the ‟Frontier Five‟ economies with high potential to become an attractive destination for investment as well. Besides, according to the latest report of the Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bangladesh will become the 23rd largest economy in the world by 2050 (Bangladesh ranks 38th now).

Bangladesh GNP stands at US Dollar 230 billion. The service sector accounts for 51% of GDP, the industrial sector 30% and agriculture 19%. Bangladesh is a major agricultural producer, particularly in the production of rice (4th), fisheries (5th), jute (2nd), tea (10th) and tropical fruits (5th). Major industries include textiles, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, steel, electronics, telecommunications, energy, fertilizer, cement, leather, food processing and ceramics.

Bangladesh has sustained a GDP growth rate above 6% over the last six years and it crossed 7% in the last two financial years. The central bank reserve is on the rise and it is now over US$ 33 billion. The per capita national income of Bangladesh is now US$ 1,602. According to World Bank, Bangladesh has now been upgraded from its status of low income country to lower middle income country.

Bangladesh’s exports amounted to US$ 34.84 billion in the fiscal year 2016–17.  About 80% of export earnings came from the textile industry, which is the world’s second largest textile exporter (after China). Remittances from the Bangladeshi diaspora and overseas workers provide foreign exchange earnings, accounting for US$ 12.77 billion in FY 2016-17.

Bangladesh economy is substantially integrated regionally and globally. Its membership in SAARC, BIMSTEC, BMIC and D-8 and its contiguity with ASEAN bode well for its potential for becoming a economic hub in the region. The duty free status of Bangladesh in the major markets of EU, Canada, Australia and so on makes Bangladesh a ideal place for investment.