Conversations

‘Optimistic about economic opportunities in Bangladesh’

  Swiss Ambassador Holenstein begins Bangladesh journey with three priorities.   There is hardly another country with as many museums per person as Switzerland. Switzerland is also a country of music lovers, a fact which is reflected in the many clubs, festivals and Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The right man for the job

  The importance of Chartered Accountants has been increasing enormously amid growing importance of trade and industry along with gradual expansion of capital and money markets in a country like Bangladesh. Today, Chartered Accountancy (CA) has emerged as a unique profession.   The Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Giving Capitalism a Social Conscience

  For more than 40 years, Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi founder of the Grameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has been asserting that the most powerful way to eradicate poverty is to unleash the untapped entrepreneurial capacity Thursday, October 19th, 2017

A world in peril: an interview with Noam Chomsky

  (This is the 2nd and concluding part of the interview appeared in Issue 14 of Dhaka Courier)   DB: Trump’s first foreign trip was to Saudi Arabia. What significance do you see in that, and what does it mean for broader Middle Thursday, October 19th, 2017

A world in peril: an interview with Noam Chomsky

  David Barsamian (DB): You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, Thursday, October 12th, 2017

‘Repatriation is the best option’: Swiss ambassador for humanitarian aid after visiting the camps.

  With more than half a million Rohingyas now in Bangladesh, the international agencies and partners are working on several fronts to support and protect them to avoid second wave of disaster - outbreak of various diseases. “You’ve three solutions (for this Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

“Inclusive transport system a must for city commuters”

  Dr Binayak Sen observes that a mass transit system is simply overlooked by Bangladesh’s class and status-oriented urban society devoid of true democratic spirit   Democracy in ancient Athens was defined by its exclusion of slaves from the very definition of demos. Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

In conversation with Yves Marre

  The dynamic life of this versatile individual is something that not many can live up to.   Often imitated, but never emulated – that is how people tend to describe geniuses in life. The same is true in the case of Yves Thursday, September 21st, 2017

‘The middle class is transforming’

  Stratification has been more prominent than ever   Hossain Zillur Rahman, an economist and former adviser to the caretaker government, has seen a major transformation of Bangladeshi middle class in the recent decades–change that has resulted in development of a vibrant market Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

‘The most rewarding assignment yet’

  The EU’s point-man in Dhaka for the last three years says goodbye on a positive note.   The European Union (EU) is a strong partner of Bangladesh, as reflected in their robust trade relations underpinned by the EBA (Everything But Arms) market Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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