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Ease for Banks as Trade Rate Drops




The interbank exchange rate of USD and average dollar buying rates by banks started to decline just a week after the public and private banks took up some special measures in coordination with the central bank.

According to the central bank, banks traded dollars among themselves at a maximum of Tk105.50 on Sunday. The price was at Tk106.75 just the previous day.

Bankers said the crisis in the dollar market had eased up slightly, but they wanted to observe for a few more months to say anything concrete.

On 12 September, banks started charging Tk99 for export proceeds while paying Tk108 for remittances. Besides, they adopted the weighted average for the past five days to determine the dollar rate instead of imposing day-to-day buying and selling rates.

Several sources of the Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association (Bafeda) and the Association of Bankers, Bangladesh Limited (ABB) said streamlining the interbank dollar exchange had been a remarkable achievement in the last week.

Before the dollar market became unstable, the central bank used to set a dollar rate at which banks would trade the greenback among themselves. Even in the wake of the dollar crunch, the central bank did not update enough the interbank dollar market for the first five months – allowing remittances to remain the key source for banks to procure US dollars.

Foreign exchange dealers and bankers said the interbank exchange has eased up the market pressure to some extent.

According to the Bangladesh Bank, banks traded $16 million on 12 September at Tk106.15. The price rose slightly to Tk106.90 the next day as the trading stood at $35 million.

On 18 September, the dollar stood at Tk105.50, down Tk1.25 from the previous day. The authorities said dollar trading by banks per day also rose in the meantime.

Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute, said allowing multiple rates for US dollars is a wrong decision that cannot last for a long time.

He proposed following the interbank exchange rate as the uniform dollar price. “To encourage the export, exporters could be offered Tk1 less than this rate. At the same time, the central bank should increase the monitoring.”

The differences in dollar buying rates between different banks are decreasing slowly, which the banks celebrate as the second achievement of export proceeds and remittance rate fixing.

Data from the foreign exchange dealers’ association show the average dollar price was at Tk103.43 on 12 September. On that day, banks bought dollars at a minimum of Tk98 to a maximum of Tk110.18. The gap was more than Tk12.

After a week on Monday, the average stood at Tk102.56. The minimum and maximum dollar buying rates by banks were Tk98.65 and Tk107.92 as the gap narrowed to Tk9.

Commenting that it is not possible to comment on the market stability in such a short period of time, Association of Bankers, Bangladesh Limited Chairman Selim RF Hussain said that stability does not necessarily imply higher or lower dollar rates. Rather it means the rate remains stable for a period of time.

“Our market will take time to be stable,” he said.

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Bangladesh-Qatar Strengthen Ties with 10 Cooperation Deals



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Bangladesh and Qatar signed 10 cooperation documents on Tuesday, including five agreements and five MoUs, aimed at strengthening ties and elevating relations to new heights.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani witnessed the signing of the documents.

The five agreements cover cooperation in the legal field, promotion and protection of mutual investments, avoidance of double taxation, maritime transport, and the establishment of a Joint Business Council (JBC) between FBCCI & QCCI.

The five MoUs include cooperation in sports and youth, manpower employment (Labour), diplomatic training, education, higher education, scientific research, and between Qatar Ports management Company “MAWANI QATAR” and Chittagong Ports Authority.

Earlier in the morning, PM Hasina warmly welcomed and received Emir Sheikh Tamim at her office.

They had a tête-à-tête meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, followed by a bilateral meeting.

After signing the visitors’ book, the emir headed for Bangabhaban where the president received him.

A high-level Qatari delegation led by Qatar’s emir is on a state visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of the president and the prime minister.

During the ceremony, a road and a park in Dhaka were named after Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The park, constructed in Kalshi area of Mirpur under Dhaka North City Corporation, and the road from Mirpur ECB point to Kalsi Fly Over were named after Emir of Qatar.

Now, the road and park are known as Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Avenue and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Park.

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FBCCI Pushes for SME Participation in Global Trade Fairs




The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) is urging for greater involvement of marginal, small, and medium enterprises in international trade fairs. This initiative aims to spotlight Bangladesh’s promising products on the global market.

FBCCI President Mahbubul Alam made the call during the first meeting of the organisation’s Standing Committee on National and International Trade Fairs and Foreign Delegations. He emphasised the need to provide marginal, small, and medium enterprises with the space and resources to effectively display their products at these events.

“The participation of marginal, small, and medium enterprises is crucial at both national and international levels,” Mahbubul Alam said. “This will allow us to export Bangladesh’s promising products and open new markets.”

The FBCCI president informed that his organisation is actively discussing and collaborating with the government to make this a reality. He also proposed organising roadshows in neighbouring countries and Europe to revive the country’s handicraft industry and increase export opportunities for these products.

Standing Committee Chairman Nuruzzaman echoed Mahbubul Alam’s sentiments, highlighting Bangladesh’s vast potential and young population. “We need to move beyond the garment sector and focus on product diversification and market creation,” Nuruzzaman said.

Achieving this, he acknowledged, will require close collaboration with the Export Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority.

FBCCI Senior Vice President Md Amin Helaly pledged the organisation’s support in facilitating increased exports through participation in foreign trade fairs. He stressed, however, the importance of raising awareness among Bangladeshis about the country’s diverse and promising products.

The meeting concluded with an open discussion where participants expressed keen interest in organising and participating in various sectoral fairs, both domestically and internationally, under the FBCCI’s umbrella.

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Ambassador Imran: Legal Remittance Key to Bangladesh’s Growth



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Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Muhammad Imran, has urged Bangladeshi expatriates to send remittances through legal channels to further strengthen the country’s economy. He also encouraged them to showcase the country’s success stories to enhance its image abroad.

Speaking as the chief guest at the Customers’ Gathering and SECI App Campaign of Sonali Exchange at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Friday evening, Ambassador Imran emphasized the importance of sending remittances legally.

The event, jointly organized by the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC and Sonali Exchange, a subsidiary company of Sonali Bank, aimed to raise awareness about sending remittances to Bangladesh through legal channels.

Sonali Bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director, Md. Afzal Karim, attended the event as a special guest, while Devasree Mitra, CEO of Sonali Exchange Company Incorporation, USA, delivered the welcome address.

Ambassador Imran highlighted Bangladesh’s significant progress across all sectors over the past decade and a half under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He emphasized the positive achievements and changes that have occurred in the country during this period.

Imran stressed the importance of sharing Bangladesh’s success stories globally, believing that doing so would elevate the country’s stature on the international stage. He noted Bangladesh’s victorious history, achieved through the Liberation War under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangabandhu’s vision of establishing “Sonar Bangla” (Golden Bengal) free from hunger and poverty remains a driving force for the nation, Imran stated, expressing confidence that Bangladesh is steadily progressing towards this goal.

The event saw participation from a large number of expatriate Bangladeshis residing in Washington DC and its neighboring states. Counsellor and Head of Chancery Shamima Yeasmin Smrite conducted the proceedings.

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