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Bangladesh is the Right Destination for Chinese investment: BSEC Chief

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Bangladesh is the right destination for Chinese investment, says Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Chairman of the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC). He emphasized that the initiatives to attract Chinese investment will yield positive results and significantly contribute to the country’s economic development.

The summit, titled “The Rise of Bengal Tiger: Summit on Trade, Business and Investment Opportunities Between Bangladesh & China,” showcased Bangladesh’s potential to Chinese businesses. Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam highlighted that Chinese businesses are well aware of the opportunities in Bangladesh, noting the presence of 7,000 Chinese companies operating in the country, creating 550,000 jobs, with 25% of investors in Export Processing Zones (EPZ) coming from China.

He further underscored Bangladesh’s impressive GDP growth since 1971, emphasizing that China would benefit from both the local and export markets in Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) facilities in Europe, Canada, and other countries make it an attractive export hub for China, providing access to these markets through Bangladesh.

Incentives for Investment

The chairman detailed the numerous incentives for investment in Bangladesh, including exemptions on import duties, 100% foreign ownership, double taxation treaties with 40 countries, bonded warehouse facilities, and full repatriation of capital and profit. He also mentioned that both China and Bangladesh have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for projects worth over $25 billion, inviting Chinese investors to seize the significant opportunities in Bangladesh.

Growing Sectors

The agro-processing industry in Bangladesh is booming, with agricultural exports growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% over the last five years, particularly in processed snacks. The global demand for agricultural products is expected to grow by 15% between 2019 and 2028, offering substantial opportunities for Bangladesh’s processed food industry to expand its exports.

Other promising sectors include the jute industry, light engineering, electrical and equipment manufacturing, the automobile industry, and the ready-made garment (RMG) sector, which remains the backbone of Bangladesh’s economy.

Advantages of Doing Business with Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the 8th most populous country in the world with a growing purchasing power and rapid economic growth. The country benefits from various trade agreements, a stable political climate, strategic geographical location, and lower production costs due to reasonable wages. These factors make Bangladesh an attractive destination for trade and business.

Benefits from Investment

Investing in Bangladesh promises fast economic growth, resilience against global volatility, favorable monetary and fiscal policies, and an investment-friendly government. The country also offers no pre-approval requirements for repatriating investments with profit, alongside a resourceful blue economy and a green environment conducive to sustainable development.

In summary, Bangladesh is positioning itself as a prime destination for Chinese investment, offering a range of opportunities across various sectors and a supportive investment climate.

The event was attended by Salman Fazlur Rahman, the Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Advisor; Abul Hasan Mahmud, the Finance Minister; Md. Atiqul Islam, the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation; Nasrul Hamid, the State Minister for Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources; Zunaid Ahmed Palak, the State Minister for Post, Telecommunications, and Information Technology; Ahasanul Islam Titu, the State Minister for Commerce; Mohammad Tofazzal Hossain Miah, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; ambassadors, various institutional and individual investors, and stakeholders.

Other notable speakers at the event included Lokman Hossain Miah, the Executive Chairman of BIDA; Yao Wen, the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh; and investors, industrialists, and businesspeople from China and Bangladesh.

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Dhaka Stock Market DSE, Bourse on the last working day of the week, 18th July, ended with a drop in Indices and Turnover from the previous working session. This information is known from DSE sources.

391 crore 52 lakh taka shares were traded on this day. 192 crore 89 lakh less tradings were done in DSE today compared to the previous workday, July 16th, Shares worth Tk 662 crores 24 lakh shares were traded last time, Tuesday.

The benchmark DSEX decreased 36.64 points or 5,446 The Shariah-based index DSES dropped 10.43 points or 1,191 and the blue-chip index DS30 lost by 8.10 points or 1,953.

Of the issues traded, 38 advanced, 311 declined and 46 remained unchanged.

Techno Drugs Limited ranked top gainer on DSE, the share price increased by Tk 3.10 paisa or 9.72 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 35.00 paisa.

BD Thai Aluminium Limited ranked top loser on the DSE, the share price dropped by Tk 0.60 paisa or 3.00 percent. On this day, the share was last traded at Tk 19.40 paisa.

DSE topped on trade is Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Limited 15 crore 86 lakh takas of company shares have been traded.

A total of 31 companies’ shares were traded in the Block on Dhaka Stock Exchange. A total of 1 crore 6 lakh 61 thousand 203 shares of the companies were traded. The financial value of which is 31 crore 82 lakh taka

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Asian markets drop with Wall St as Biden sparks fresh chip fears

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Asian markets sank with Wall Street on Thursday after a warning from the White House that it would target firms supplying China with key semiconductor technology, and Donald Trump’s comments on crucial chip supplier Taiwan.

The dollar remained subdued following its latest retreat caused by growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at least once this year.

Firms linked to artificial intelligence have led a surge in equities this year as investors see the sector as the next major growth area, with market darling Nvidia piling on more than 140 percent since the start of the year.

The industry has helped push the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to multiple records in the past seven months, helped by the prospect of lower borrowing costs.

But the rally took a blow Wednesday when Bloomberg News reported that Joe Biden was looking at imposing strict curbs on firms such as Tokyo Electron and ASML if they continue allowing Beijing access to their chip tech.

The report, which comes as he looks to buttress his credentials as strong on China ahead of November’s presidential election against Trump, sent shivers across trading floors, sending the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index plunging nearly seven percent — its heaviest loss since 2020.

Nvidia dived more than six percent and Dutch firm ASML collapsed more than 12 percent.

Tokyo Electron fell 7.5 percent on Wednesday and a further 9.5 percent Thursday. TSMC shed more than three percent in Taipei.

Meanwhile, Trump’s comments that Taiwan — home of the key chip-maker TSMC and other major producers — should pay the US for its defence caused some geopolitical unease.

The fear fuelled a sell-off across Asian equities, with Tokyo and Taipei down at least two percent, while there were also hefty losses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore and Manila.

Analysts warned that the imposition of more chip restrictions could fuel further selling and lead to a correction in markets, which some warn have become overbought.

– ‘A big currency problem’ –

Worries over tech have offset the feel-good mood that has been sparked by recent data and comments from Fed officials indicating they are ready to cut interest rates as soon as September, and possibly again before January.

The latest boost for doves came in the central bank’s Beige Book summary of the economy, which said there were signs it was slowing.

“Expectations for the future of the economy were for slower growth over the next six months due to uncertainty around the upcoming election, domestic policy, geopolitical conflict, and inflation,” the report said.

The prospect of lower rates has weighed on the dollar, while the yen — which has been battered against the greenback this year — has won support from bets on a Bank of Japan hike in coming months.

“Markets are pricing in the Fed to start cutting rates in September, and risks of yen carry trade — the practice of borrowing low yielding currencies to invest in high yielding currencies — unwinding are building as yield gap narrows,” Saxo researchers said in a note.

“Recent comments from Trump have also hinted at concerns from US dollar strength.”

Trump, in Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, has also weighed in on the dollar’s relative strength against the yen and yuan, telling Bloomberg Businessweek “we have a big currency problem” and “I would always notice they fought very hard to keep their currency low”.

Taylor Nugent, at National Australia Bank, said: “The comments play to the view (that) bilateral trade deficits and currency valuations are a key focus, and tariffs would be a key negotiating tool.”

Investors are keeping tabs on Beijing, where China’s leaders are expected to wrap up a key gathering, with hopes President Xi Jinping will unveil fresh measures to boost the world’s number two economy.

– Key figures around 0300 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 2.0 percent at 40,277.86 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 0.5 percent at 17,652.42

Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.6 percent at 2,944.67

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.3007 from $1.3012 on Wednesday

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0938 from $1.0941

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 155.92 yen from 156.33 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 84.09 pence at 84.07 pence

West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.7 percent at $83.39 per barrel

Brent North Sea Crude: UP 0.5 percent at $85.49 per barrel

New York – Dow: UP 0.6 percent at 41,198.08 (close)

London – FTSE 100: UP 0.3 percent at 8,187.46 (close)

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LafargeHolcim reveals their Q2 Financials

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One of the listed companies, LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited discloses its financial reports for the second quarter, (April – June 24).

The company’s Consolidated earnings per share (EPS) Tk 1.14 paisa in Q2 of the current financial year (April – June 24). Consolidated EPS was Tk. 0.69 for January-June 2024 as against Tk. 1.47 for the same period last year. EPS  was Tk 0.80 paisa during the same period last year. Consolidated NAV per share was Tk. 16.60 as of June 30, 2024.

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