BANGLADESH UK
TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP

Bangladesh, the Golden Land of Golden People shares a bond tied with tradition, history, culture and trade with the United Kingdom for more than 250 years. Between times the bond has emerged, crystalized and magnified along with the chronology of history. This initiation of “The Rise of Bengal Tiger: Potentials of Trade and Investment in Bangladesh” organized by the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) is going to mark up an ever-growing dimension in the long bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.

UK Bangladesh relations are forged on common bonds. From curry to cricket, language and literature, these are the threads that tie us together. As part of this long-standing relationship, the UK and Bangladesh have enjoyed close trade and investment ties, supported by complementary strengths of the two economies. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and ণangladesh has continued to grow over the years and stands more than USD 3 billion. This represent around 0.3% of UK’s total trade, pointing towards the immense opportunity that exists to grow this relationship further, in terms of diversified growth of the trade between UK and Bangladesh.

The expatriate Bangladesh community living in the United Kingdom played a significant role during the Liberation War to garner the support of the people and the Government of the United Kingdom and the diaspora, which is now about half a million, remains a key linkage of the growing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and the UK. Since the liberation, from reforming and rebuilding the war-ravaged country till graduating from the list of LDC and towards building the Golden Bengal our remittance fighters have been and will be an Important roleplayer for the country.

Aventis
Berger Paints
BOC Bangladesh
British American Tobacco
Cairn Energy
Duncan Brothers
GEC

HSBC
James Finlay
Meghna Energy
P&O Nedlloyd
PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Reckitt Benckiser
GCM Energy

Standard Chartered
Tetley
ACI
Tullow Bangladesh
Unilever
World-Tel
GlaxoSmithKline

BANGLADESH CAPITAL MARKET

Bangladesh’s capital market is currently dominated by equity instruments with the potential to expand its fixed income instruments and add derivatives instruments as well. According to the market classification of Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), Bangladesh’s capital market falls in the category of frontier markets – less advanced capital markets in the developing world.

TWO STOCK EXCHANGES IN BANGLADESH:

INCENTIVES FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS:

BANGLADESH HAS LAUNCHED FIRST GREEN BOND, TO FINANCE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PROJECTS INCLUDING RENEWABLES**

* The best performing indexes in the AAFF universe in December 2020 and May 2021
* https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/04/12/bangladesh-launches-first-green-bond/

BANGLADESH BOURSES SAW THE HIGHEST RETURN IN 2020 AMONG ITS PEERS*