What's holding us back from diversifying our exports?

Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem, research director at Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), discusses the challenges that Bangladesh has to overcome on its journey to becoming a middle-income country, in an exclusive interview with Naimul Alam Alvi of The Daily Star.

1d ago

‘The right to fear-free democratic opposition must be ensured’

Shantanu Majumder, a professor of political science at the University of Dhaka, talks about his thoughts on Bangladesh’s recent national election and its implications on society and opposition parties, in an interview with Afia Jahin of The Daily Star.

5d ago

‘Human rights obligations are not an imposition from the outside’

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan speaks with The Daily Star about the recent general election, shrinking space for dissent, and the pressing need to address human rights concerns in Bangladesh.

6d ago

‘It is obvious that there will be no effective parliamentary opposition’

Advocate Sultana Kamal speaks with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star about Bangladesh’s 12th parliamentary election and its ramifications for the country’s political and governance landscapes.

1w ago

‘Girls tend to be strong by default when it comes to playing football’

AKM Saiful Bari Titu, interim head coach to the Bangladesh National Women’s Football team, speaks about his experience coaching the team, their recent performances, and what can be done to take them further, in an interview with Afia Jahin of The Daily Star.

3w ago

‘Violence against women is a violation of human rights’

Our society still considers violence against women to be a women's issue and holds the view that only women should talk about it or protest it.

3w ago

‘A violent crackdown during elections does not inspire voter confidence’

The human rights situation in Bangladesh is extremely concerning due to the nation’s steady slide towards authoritarianism.

'China, India can't replace our export market to the US, EU'

M Touhid Hossain, former foreign secretary of Bangladesh, discusses the implications and significance of the recent US labour rights policy with The Daily Star.

'Why don't RMG owners pressurise buyers instead of workers?'

Despite the five-year minimum wage review cycle, there seems to be no preparation on the factory owners’ end

'China never exerts pressure on any other country, but believes in diplomacy and dialogue'

China is committed to opening up and translating its immense market into profitable opportunities for the world, including for Bangladesh.

“Our studies helped countless people all over the world”

Polio eradication will require an eventual cessation of all traditional OPVs.

'US visa policy alone cannot ensure fair election'

The US position with respect to a fair election is somewhat a reflection of the aspirations of the Bangladeshi people.

Air pollution is not for only one authority to tackle

Md Ziaul Haque, the director of Air Quality Management at the Department of Environment, talks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the factors behind severe air pollution in the country and why concerted efforts are needed from all ministries and government agencies concerned to fight it.

‘Bangladesh should prioritise its national interests above all’

BIPSS President Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star.

‘NHRC can’t directly investigate cases involving law enforcers’

NHRC Chairman Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed talks about how the commission has dealt with the cases of enforced disappearance.

'The numbers on our list might only be the tip of the iceberg'

We hope the Bangladesh government will take the crucial step of ratifying the ICPPED.

'I blame misgovernance and mismanagement for high inflation'

Dr MM Akash, professor of economics at Dhaka University, explains what is driving the inflation up in Bangladesh.

‘If an election is not participatory, it is neither free nor fair’

Former Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain in an interview with The Daily Star.

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