A rally organized by Awami League in a southern divison Jessore tuned into human sea where the party president Sheikh Hasina began her electoral bid as the next national election is slated for early 2024. In her address to the rally, the party chief exposed the reign of unbridled corruption unleashed during the last rule by the opposition alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), urging countrymen to stand for her party in the upcoming election. Centering her visit, supporters and leaders in their hundreds streamed into the venue with a pledge to reach out masses in support of their leader and vowed to work for their leader’s call to bring betterment for countrymen. Over the course of last thirteen years with Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina at the helm, the youngest nation in South Asia witnessed a steady growth in human development indicators, while rolling out of a host of social safety net schemes resulted in turning around lives of millions.
In a bid to help common folk avert global headwinds, the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGO) has taken a step to procure 22 million liters of soybean oil) in a virtual meeting approved six proposals including two for the procurement of soybean oil and the import of fertiliser. The state-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will procure 22 million litres of Soybean oil from local suppliers for its open market sale (OMS) programme. This move comes as part of HPM Sheikh Hasina’s array of policies of social justice that already helped turn around millions of lives from clutches of poverty.
The central bank has rolled out a number of initiatives to boost remittance inflows by overcoming different barriers including simplification, mobile banking and cost free services for remitters. The central bank has recently allowed mobile financial service (MFS) providers to bring inward remittance, in order to increase remittance inflow. As part of its move, expatriates will send money themselves through the MFS without any document and free of cost with the shortage of time, which will encourage them to send money through legal channels. Over the space of a decade, the inflow of remittance has marked a significant rise, thanks to prudent diplomatic achievements by HPM Sheikh Hasina in opening up new destinations for skilled manpower.
The Karnaphuli EPZ, which is located in North Patenga – some 3km away from the Chattogram EPZ – has so far brought in export earnings amounting to nearly $10 billion, contributing to the country's economic growth and creating a staggering 78,000 employments over the course of 16 years. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza), the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the EPZs, created 258 commercial plots – each with an area of 2,000sq-m – in the Karnaphuli EPZ.. Currently, there are 51 companies operating in the Karnaphuli EPZ, including 29 garment manufacturers, two bag makers, two tent and outdoor product manufacturers, one furniture maker, 5 shoe and leather goods producers among other units.
For the first time in history, Bangladesh's export earnings crossed the $5 billion-mark in November, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), thanks to resurging Western fashion orders, pricier raw material imports and shipment of on-hold export consignments. The export earnings were $3.91 billion and $4.36 billion in September and October respectively. On a positive trend, the earnings in the first five months of FY23 grew by 11% compared to the corresponding period of last year, show the latest EPB data last week. According to the bureau, Bangladesh exported goods worth $5.09 billion in November, which was 26% higher than the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year.

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