Pakistan’s water bearers quench thirst in Ramadan, but fear for their trade

Mohammad Ramzan, a 60-year-old traditional goatskin water carrier also known as a mashki, fills a water trough for pigeons along a road on a hot and humid day during the fasting month of Ramadan, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Karachi, Pakistan April 23, 2021. REUTERS

For more than four decades Ramzan has been a “mashki”, or water bearer, an age-old profession now in decline as water companies and tankers increasingly supply residents. But his services are at least in high demand during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which fasting can be a challenge when the weather is hot. […]

ED: A partner in development


It is hoped that the friendship between our two nations continues to be nurtured With regional cooperation being one of the fundamental principles the current administration has prioritized in order to ensure sustainable development for the nation, it is encouraging to note that this is being translated to similar commitments from our development partners across […]

Indian envoy: Greater trade, connectivity hold brighter future for Dhaka-Delhi ties


File photo: India’s High Commissioner in Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami Focus Bangla Challenge is to transform geographical compulsions into mutual benefits, says the envoy Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has said trade will be potentially a key driver of Bangladesh-India friendship in the future with focus on value addition to products but the […]

Retain trade benefit for graduating LDCs

The developed and developing countries should retain the same trade privileges for the least developed countries (LDCs) even after they graduate as the coronavirus pandemic has hit poor nations hard, officials said yesterday. Sixteen countries are set to leave the LDC group in the next decade, thanks to their better economic performance. Of them, 10 […]

Statistics Canada February Trade Data

This chart shows Canada's soybean exports for the first six months of the row crop crop-year as a percentage of total estimated supplies. Current exports represent 47.5% of estimated 2020-21 supplies, the highest percentage seen in four years and close to the highest seen over 10 years. The black line represents the five-year average of 42.2%. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)

Mustard exports in February totaled 8,252 mt, the lowest monthly volume shipped in six months. The United States (51.5%) and Belgium (23.6%) continue to dominate these shipments, with the percentage of monthly shipments in brackets. So far this crop year, 62,562 mt has been exported, close to 98% of the volume shipped in the same […]

D-8 Summit on April 8; focus on trade, investment, Rohingya crisis


File photo of The 18th meeting of the D-8 Council of Ministers took place on 3rd November, 2018 in Antalya, Turkey Collected Host Dhaka to assume chairmanship of D-8 for 2 years, says foreign minister Bangladesh will host the 10th D-8 (Developing-8) Summit on April 8 virtually in the context of Covid-19 new normal scenario […]

Agri, leather sectors’ trade bodies seek tax benefits

WB approves $120m loan for improving food security in Bangladesh

Trade bodies from agriculture and leather sectors on Sunday demanded a number of tax benefits, including withdrawal of source tax on procurement of agro-products and reduction in corporate tax, in the forthcoming national budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022. At a pre-budget discussion with the National Board of Revenue, the associations sought the tax benefits […]

Dhaka eager to sign Free Trade Agreement with Colombo

Dhaka eager to sign Free Trade Agreement with Colombo

Dhaka has expressed its keen interest to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombo to exploit the huge potential of bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “If it would take time to sign the FTA, we told them we would like to sign a preferential trade agreement initially,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul […]

International Trade Puts Indian Farmers and Food Security at Risk | NewsClick

International Trade Puts Indian Farmers and Food Security at Risk | NewsClick

Movements and struggles to protect small and medium farmers from the onslaught of big business are going on in many countries. These struggles have uncovered a hidden enemy of farmers everywhere—it is the rules that underpin international trade agreements. Their clauses favour big business interests at the cost of farmers. The problems exist on two […]