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  • Bangladesh Investing Blog 26 comments
    Dec 11, 2012 1:29 AM

    This blog is in nascent form.

    I plan to go to Bangladesh in the summer of 2013. I bumped it ahead of Myanmar in my travel plans.

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  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » Profile of Leopard Capital's Doug Clayton in New York Times: http://nyti.ms/Vpqozd
    1 Jan 2013, 05:33 AM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » I guess I should note that Myanmar now has become re-bumped in front of Bangladesh by an invitation to the Myanmar Investment Summit in May. Still feeling more excited about Bangladesh, though I have investment plans for both Bangladesh and Myanmar already planned as soon as respective funds are ready for launch in each.
    1 Jan 2013, 05:36 AM Reply Like
  • saha_sonjoy
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    Jon,
    This is Sonchoy. I sale Bangladesh Equities. I also run a small research team that currently covers around 20 Bangladesh listed equities. I will be glad to have a meeting with you during your visit to Bangladesh.
    sonjoy_162@yahoo.com
    sonchoy1857@gmail.com
    29 Mar 2013, 05:30 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Bangladesh has an economy well known for being heavily reliant on imports. Some economic reports will give a picture on how that might be changing by now.
    http://bit.ly/VUPOr8
    http://bit.ly/VUPQPM
    http://bit.ly/XwyjfK
    http://1.usa.gov/XwyjfL
    http://bit.ly/VUPOrc
    http://bit.ly/VUPOre
    http://bit.ly/XwyjfP
    http://aedsb.org
    13 Jan 2013, 04:46 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Some trade organizations should have additional information about Bangladeshi trading prospects.
    http://bit.ly/V6yFKj
    13 Jan 2013, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Bangladesh participates in some regional economic partnerships in order to help facilitate its trading efforts.
    http://www.saarc-sec.org
    http://bit.ly/YkrCfb
    http://bit.ly/Z421gD
    http://bit.ly/YkrCfd
    10 Feb 2013, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    They include a multilateral effort to improve the main trade corridor within Bangladesh.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    10 Feb 2013, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Bangladesh has a good chance to expand its power capabilities. The country needs more energy for servicing its low- cost manufacturing sector.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/XwCSqt
    13 Jan 2013, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The Port of Chittagong reports that it handles the vast majority of Bangladeshi trade with the rest of the world. The port is considered to be the heartbeat of the country's growth potential.
    The dangerous work of ship breaking and recycling is carried on near the port.
    http://cpa.gov.bd/portal
    http://bit.ly/TXkgjy
    http://bit.ly/WHs3PF
    15 Jan 2013, 02:33 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Chittagong has grown up around its port to become one of South Asia's most important cities. The original export processing zone was set up in Chittagong to handle the port's increasing workload.
    http://bit.ly/W6QwPN
    http://bit.ly/VXDVAP
    http://bbc.in/W6QuHr
    Chittagong's stock market was established very close by the port for its commercial importance.
    http://www.cse.com.bd
    15 Jan 2013, 03:17 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The zone idea was a success and so consequently similar zones have been established elsewhere in the country.
    http://bit.ly/W2BSt4
    http://bit.ly/13y6vMn
    15 Jan 2013, 03:25 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    With its record of success at being Bangladesh's window to the world, the Port of Chittagong has an ongoing effort at expanding its facilities. They are working with some restraints with the lack of available real estate being the most important.
    http://bit.ly/W5v1ya
    http://bit.ly/TYpKe7
    http://bit.ly/TYpKe9
    http://bit.ly/W5v2SB
    15 Jan 2013, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Chittagong expects a booming economic scenario for many years to come. Thanks to its busy port, newer industries such as shipbuilding, the spread of advanced technologies, an expanding banking sector and its geographic position servicing a broad area of the South Asian and Southeast Asian hinterland, Chittagong is at the forefront of Bangladesh's economic ambitions.
    http://www.ccc.org.bd
    http://bit.ly/W5AlBr
    http://bit.ly/SFaAMD
    http://bbc.in/W5AlBt
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/SFaDIp
    15 Jan 2013, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Bangladesh is working on a plan to construct a deep water ocean port at Sonadia near Cox's Bazar in order to relieve the congestion at the river port in Chittagong. The plans include a highway and railroad from Chittagong going south to the new port.
    http://bit.ly/XmimXE
    http://bit.ly/VA12Rl
    http://bit.ly/XmindS
    The port plan may adversely effect Sonadia's seashore environment and tourism depending on circumstances.
    http://bit.ly/VA12Rr
    http://bit.ly/XmindW
    http://bit.ly/VA15wu
    19 Jan 2013, 04:15 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Some discussions are underway about a proposed road and railroad between Chittagong and China via Mandalay.
    http://bit.ly/XmjPNq
    http://bit.ly/VA3cjZ
    19 Jan 2013, 04:29 AM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » Alright... will try to get down to Chittagong during our two weeks there. Not sure how things will be as it will be Monsoon season when we go there in late June. Port development does fascinate me as well. And, I'd like to see the place where they do ship breaking as that fascinates me. Thanks for all the links VB!
    19 Jan 2013, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Here is a description of Bangladesh dated 1999, a time when a hopeful new day dawned for the country.
    http://bit.ly/VMHkSu
    21 Jan 2013, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » Leopard Bangladesh Fund (IFC backed)
    http://bit.ly/Wc69HP
    http://bit.ly/WZz6F2
    26 Jan 2013, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    It will be a huge deal for Bangladesh if it can become a crossroads for trade for the somewhat isolated states of Northeastern India. The Northeastern Indian states, centered on Assam and bounded with Assam's hilly neighbors of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim, constitute a potentially tremendous market for the Bangladeshi economy. Viable outlets to the Bay of Bengal is vital for the Northeastern States if they hope to grow their economies in the future.
    http://bit.ly/Wz9wGc
    http://bit.ly/1273LpX
    http://bit.ly/12754Ff
    This potential scenario is a bit problematical in the political sense, however.
    http://bit.ly/Wz9uxY
    29 Jan 2013, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Much more work needs to be done on the Northeastern India- Bangladesh trade normalization process. Progress is being made on this.
    http://bit.ly/X67kFi
    http://bit.ly/115bc1N
    http://bit.ly/X67kFk
    http://bit.ly/115b9mD
    http://bit.ly/X67kFq
    29 Jan 2013, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    A new rail link will boost trade between Bangladesh and its Indian hinterland.
    http://bit.ly/13LgwFr
    10 May 2013, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Most of Bangladesh is situated on a very fertile alluvial floodplain. The alluvium provides the foundation for Bangladeshi agriculture.
    http://bit.ly/XwCuG8
    There are serious endeavors being made to improve the quality and quantity of agricultural output.
    http://bit.ly/WDlsum
    http://bit.ly/XwCvtK
    http://bit.ly/WDltOS
    10 Feb 2013, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is centered within a network of rivers and waterways flowing through the agricultural floodplain.
    http://bit.ly/10ob46W
    http://dhakacity.com.bd
    http://www.dcci.org.bd
    http://www.dsebd.org
    The inland floodplain is dotted by many river ports surrounding Dhaka.
    http://bit.ly/16nkJ5W
    Dhaka is served by its nearby river port city of Narayanganj.
    http://bit.ly/10ob6vz
    10 May 2013, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » Long interview with Leopard Capital that touched on Bangladesh among other countries.
    http://onforb.es/1jgti8N

     

    Will have another Bangladesh-only interview shortly.
    19 Jan, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » EMPEA article of use: http://bit.ly/1kZRw9a

     

    SwissPro Invest article http://bit.ly/1kZRuOA
    22 Jan, 10:25 PM Reply Like
  • Jon Springer
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    Author’s reply » Bangladesh's Good News With Khalid Quadir Of Brummer & Partners
    http://onforb.es/1nannSZ

     

    (Published today on Forbes Asia)
    27 Jan, 09:35 PM Reply Like
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