Dhaka, Bangladesh || Thursday, 25 April 2024 || 12 Boishakh 1431
Despite Ramadan Inflation, Bangladesh Economy shows impetus signs of macroeconomic revival
S M Faiyaz Hossain
Published : Monday, 18 March, 2024 at 1:47 AM, Update: 18.03.2024 1:51:02 AM, Count : 759

Despite Ramadan Inflation, Bangladesh Economy shows impetus signs of macroeconomic revival

Despite Ramadan Inflation, Bangladesh Economy shows impetus signs of macroeconomic revival

Remittances and exports have been the main drivers of Bangladesh's economy's notable development. This increase is mostly dependent on remittances and ready-made garments (RMG), which account for a sizable amount of Bangladesh's overall exports. Additionally, remittances have played a significant role in import payments and export revenue, suggesting a positive net economic impact. Furthermore, the economy of the nation has expanded steadily over the past 20 years, with growth rates above five percent, making Bangladesh one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. To continue this rapid economic progress, experts stress the need for economic diversification and broader-based sources of growth, but they also point out that problems still exist in diversifying the economy and guaranteeing inclusive growth. Bangladeshi GDP growth in FY24 was predicted by the World Bank to be 5.6%, compared to the IMF's 6% prediction. The performance of Bangladesh's different economic sectors, including agriculture, industry, and services, should prompt policymakers to reevaluate the government's GDP growth objective considering the country's actual economic reality.

Over the past few months, remittances have increased steadily, and export revenue has increased as well. Moreover, the total trade imbalance has shrunk due to lower import costs. The nation's overall import of capital gear has declined because of Bangladesh Bank's limitations imposed on importers. Based on data from the central bank, December of the previous year had an account surplus of $1.92 billion. Meanwhile, the current state of Bangladesh's economy is greatly impacted by expatriate incomes. Remittances during the previous five months have regularly come to about $2 billion.

The consistent rise in gross reserves is an exciting news for the economy, will require the continuous currency exchange with banks. Additionally, there has been a minor decrease in the dollar market's volatility. The dollar's value is not rising as a result. Banks were buying dollars for Tk120 previously, but now they are only buying them for Tk118–119.  importers are currently obtaining dollars at reduced prices, which can help keep inflation under control after Ramadan. 

Writer: Graduate Research Student at University of Tasmania, Senior Executive at a 100% Export Oriented Manufacturing Industry, Member of Amnesty International, Australia.

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