Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The BBN has prepared the morning business round up compiling reports, published by different newspapers and news portals in Bangladesh.

Apparel export to US sees 4.30% rise
Bangladesh’s apparel export to the US market has seen a 4.30% rise to $1.45 billion in the first quarter of current calendar year, despite the declining trend of overall apparel import by the United States from across the world. The overall apparel export to US from other countries has declined by 2.14% to $19.30 billion, which was $19.72 billion in the same period a year ago.

Retailers delaying funds for factory upgrades
Rezwan Selim, managing director of Softex Sweater, had to shutter one of his faulty units, Softex Cotton, in the capital’s Mirpur area after failing to receive remediation funds from his two main European buyers. Before the closure of the factory, which has structural, electrical and fire faults, Selim sought $100 million in loans for paying his workers and the remediation works from the buyers, both of whom are members of the Accord.

Project aid component of next dev budget 37pc up
The government is likely to allocate a higher amount, Tk 400 billion, in project aid for bankrolling the next development budget although the spending from the current fiscal’s foreign funds dwindled. Officials said Monday that this aid component of ADP for the next financial year (FY), 2016-17, would be 37 per cent up over the current fiscal outlay.

BBIN to be declared an economic zone
Even as the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicle agreement continues to face resistance from transport operators and the opposition party, no stones are being left unturned to make the sub-regional initiative a success. President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Abdul Matlub Ahmad, was in the capital last Friday to hold discussions on the upcoming BBIN seminar and business expo in Silliguri, and the areas of trade and investments between the two neighbors.

BD to net $1.5b FDI a year with PPP bait
The country hopes to net some US$ 1.5 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) a year as it has created an enabling investment environment under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) paradigm. Authorities concerned aired such high hopes based on the groundwork done for more than five years with the latest concept of major development works.

Bangladesh’s stocks return to red
Bangladesh stocks edged lower on Monday with high turnover, after remaining upbeat in the past two consecutive sessions, as risk-averse investors booked quick-profit. Both the Dhaka Stock Exchange, the prime bourse of Bangladesh, and Chittagong Stock Exchange, the port city bourse of the country, experienced downward trend throughout the session.

DCCI backs undeclared funds in real estate
The government should allow the investment of undeclared income in productive sectors to discourage money laundering, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry said yesterday. “We urge the government to keep the scope of investing undeclared income in productive sectors, including real estate, by way of imposing additional taxes so money laundering is discouraged,” said the chamber in its budget proposal.

Australia relaxes cargo ban
Australia has relaxed the ban it imposed on direct air cargo shipment from Bangladesh, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday. “The ban on direct cargo shipment is still valid. But cargo flights can land in Australia after rescreening through any third country,” he told reporters.

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