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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: B-1-12
Study on the Current State of Manufacturing Industries in Bangladesh


Bangladesh, earlier perceived as a typical example of a stagnant economy, has now transformed into one of the potential growth centers following BRICs. In Japan also, there has been a growing interest in Bangladesh as a destination of investments as well as a competitive source of imports. Needless to say, the manufacturing sector has made enormous contributions to the economic and social development of the country as it is today. Contributions are not limited to those played by the readymade garment industry, but also other industries such as the jute and textile industry, which have laid the foundation for industrialization at different points in time. On the basis of these past achievements, a more diversified and dynamic manufacturing sector is envisaged in order to make ‘Vision 2021’ a reality.
Despite the significance of the sector, information regarding individual manufacturing and related sectors, particularly firm level activities, are yet very limited in general and more so in readily available media. This project intends to fill some of the critical gaps in our knowledge and to present analytical outcomes for the use of concerned bodies, such as existing business establishments, potential investors --both domestic and foreign-- and policy makers including those of Bangladesh and Japan. The sectors to be covered include textile and readymade garments, jute, leather and footwear, pharmaceuticals, light engineering, electric and electronic goods, food processing, ICT and ICT enabled services, ship building and ship breaking, and the retail sector.


April 2012 - February 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] MURAYAMA Mayumi
[ Co-researchers ] YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
SUZUKI Takashi (Representative, JETRO Dhaka)
ANDO Yuji (Trainee, JETRO Dhaka)