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Country Forecast Bangladesh Updater

  • Published: March 2014
  • Region: Bangladesh
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The risk of a severe bout of political instability in 2014 has diminished in recent weeks, as the Awami League (AL) government has settled into a second term of office. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will continue to challenge the outcome of the January 5th parliamentary election, which it boycotted, but the AL is likely to resist attempts to hold a second poll.

Social unrest will remain a feature of the political scene in Bangladesh, but The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the security forces to maintain basic law and order. Recently, street protests have been sparked by verdicts reached by the country's war-crimes tribunal. Supporters of those found guilty have demonstrated, while secular elements have demanded capital punishment. Social unrest could also be sparked by shortages of food, power or water in 2014-18.

Foreign policy will remain focused on strengthening economic and diplomatic ties with India and China. There are concerns, however, that a BNP government would not enjoy such a cordial relationship with India's administration as does the AL. The AL and the BNP differ slightly on foreign policy: the latter harbours nationalistic tendencies, which could hamper deeper ties with India. Relations between the BNP and India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party have traditionally been tense and are likely to remain difficult.

Country Forecast Bangladesh Updater

Country forecast overview: Highlights

Country forecast overview: Key indicators

Country forecast overview: Business environment rankings

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
Taxes
Financing
The labour market
Infrastructure

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2014-18: Political stability

Outlook for 2014-18: Election watch

Outlook for 2014-18: International relations

Outlook for 2014-18: Policy trends

Outlook for 2014-18: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Economic growth

Outlook for 2014-18: Inflation

Outlook for 2014-18: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2014-18: External sector

Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product, at constant prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product by sector of origin

Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

Data summary: Monetary indicators

Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

Data summary: External debt

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