Mar 01, 2022


Bangladesh achieves WHO target with vaccinating 70% population against Covid

Bangladesh has inoculated 70% of its targeted population – 800 million– with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, which led the country to achieve the vaccination target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prevent Covid-19 infection in a country. Moreover, a staggering 120 million or 102% of eligible people have received the first dose of the vaccine. This coveted set of accomplishment has largely been attributed to the plentiful stock of vaccines procured by the country from different parts of the world at the directives of Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina. Moreover, thanks to a raft of measures as devised and put in place by the Bangladesh premier, the positivity rate in the country dropped to 3.65% during the same period upon testing 24,605 samples, which was 4.01% one day ago.

Bangladesh to roll out universal pension scheme for countrymen

In sync with her coveted vision for empowering the grassroots across the country, Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina will roll out a universal pension scheme for the countrymen where capable citizens aged between 18 to 50 years would be able to take part in it to secure their safety and security after retirement and thus ensure their better livelihood. This first ever such initiative will lead to a rise in life expectancy up to 85 years in the next three decades from the present 73 years. Under the facility, a pension fund will be created where people will contribute monthly and the same amount will be contributed by the government. The government will bear the expenditures of the national pension authority and the related other organizations while the pension authority would invest the deposited amount as per the guideline.

Bangladesh 3rd largest vegetable producer: FAO

Bangladesh holds the third position after China and India in terms of producing vegetables, according to the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). While the country has been producing about 60 different kinds of vegetables out of more than 500 varieties that are produced in the world, a total of 8,61,000 hectares of land is cultivated with vegetables in the country from where 15.95 million tonnes of vegetables were produced. Owing to a raft of measures, as rolled out by the government under the leadership of HPM Sheikh Hasina, currently the country is exporting vegetables to more than 38 countries in the world.

Bangladesh surpasses Vietnam in RMG exports, record rubber shipments

Bangladesh has surpassed Vietnam in the exports of readymade garment (RMG) products in 2021. according to data from the export promotion agencies of both countries. Bangladesh set a record by exporting RMG goods worth $ 4.04 billion in December against Vietnam’s $3.62 billion. According to media reports, leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) attributed this achievement to the prudent government policy, as devised and put in place by HPM Sheikh Hasina throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, export earnings from rubber shot up 57% year-on-year to $28 million in the July-January period of the current fiscal year, from $18.3 million during the same period a year back.

Honourable General Assembly President lauds Bangladesh’s leadership at UN

Abdulla Shahid, the honourable President of the General Assembly (PGA) has applauded Bangladesh’s “remarkable leadership, productive engagement and significant contribution” in recent times in various aspects of the United Nations. The top diplomat mentioned that Bangladesh, under the prudent leadership of HPM Sheikh Hasina, is now holding three important positions - President of the UN Women Executive Board, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, and co-facilitator of the IMR, all stands as a shining testament to the growing role of the country on global stage. The comments were made when Bangladesh’s foreign minister held a bilateral meeting with him at the UN Headquarters.

Bangladeshi IT professionals to be recruited to Australia, Malaysia keen to hire more manpower from Bangladesh

Last week a signing ceremony between an Australian company and the government body of Bangladesh allowing the former to recruit IT professionals from Bangladesh. Under the agreement, Sterning will make arrangements for the employment of skilled manpower in the ICT sector of Bangladesh for their various client companies in Australia. In a separate development, Zuraida Kamaruddin, the minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia, during a recent visit to Bangladesh said her country is keen to recruit more workers from Bangladesh particularly for its plantation sector.

Bangladesh’s first park for electrical, engineering products nearing completion

The construction of the country's first industrial park for electrical and light engineering product manufacturers in Munshiganj is set to be complete in June. It aims to bring electrical and light engineering product manufacturers that have sprung up in an unplanned way across the country under a single platform. Sitting on over 50 acres of land, the park has 362 plots. Half of them will go to electrical product makers and the rest to light engineering product manufacturers. The project is expected to create 10,750 jobs. Currently, there are about 50,000 factories all over the country. The light engineering sector makes products that cover up a third of the local consumption.

Several EU countries keen for direct shipping with Ctg port

The prospect of direct container shipping from Chittagong Port to European destinations is widening as at least four more countries have expressed interest in directly transporting goods by sea from Chattogram to Europe. After an Italian shipping company launched direct services between Chattogram and Italy earlier this month, Portugal, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Denmark have shown interest to follow suit. Export cargo from the country has so far been transported to Europe, the US and other destinations through four regional transhipment ports giving rise to the need for such ambitious proposals to save both the time and cost in transporting country’s exports.

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