Country Forecast Bangladesh Updater

  • ID: 2118682
  • October 2015
  • Region: Bangladesh
  • 16 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The Awami League (AL) government will continue to dominate parliamentary proceedings in 2015-19. The failure of the AL and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to resolve their disagreement over the electoral process continues to pose a risk, albeit small, to government stability.

Social unrest will remain a feature of Bangladeshi politics, but The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the security forces to prevent any marked deterioration in law and order. The BNP currently has no presence in parliament, and the party's continued use of hartals (mass strikes) to press its demands for electoral reform will ebb and flow in 2015-19. Aside from hartals organised by the BNP, other factors that could lead to a rise in social unrest include unexpected shortages of food, power or water.

Foreign policy will remain focused on ties with India and China. Relations between the AL and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will improve, but long-standing areas of disagreement, such as disputes over water-sharing, are unlikely to be resolved in 2015-19. Ties with China will remain close.

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Country Forecast Bangladesh Updater

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Country forecast overview: Bangladesh's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
The labour market

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2015-19: Political stability

Outlook for 2015-19: Election watch

Outlook for 2015-19: International relations

Outlook for 2015-19: Policy trends

Outlook for 2015-19: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2015-19: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2015-19: Economic growth

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Outlook for 2015-19: External sector

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