USAID identifies 6 promising industries beyond RMG to diversify

Published : 06 Nov 2019 08:11 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 01:06 PM

 A USAID study here identified six promising industries beyond the ready-made garments (RMG) to help Bangladesh diversify its export basket to stimulate new streams of economic growth, reports BSS.

The study named Comprehensive Private Sector Assessment (PSA) identified agribusiness (food processing), health care, information and communications technology and outsourcing, light engineering, pharmaceuticals, and tourism as most promising industries beyond the RMG for private sector engagement and investment.

This was revealed today as USAID launched the report at American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) here in presence of visiting USAID Deputy

Administrator Bonnie Glick and US Deputy Chief of Mission here JoAnne Wagner, a US Embassy press release said.

The US government through the USAID (US Agency for International Development) conducted the study in a show of bilateral support towards strengthening Bangladesh’s economy through diversification, said the release.

The study examined 16 emerging sectors in total, that also includes ceramics, entrepreneurship, leather and leather goods, medical equipment, plastic, renewable energy and energy efficiency, shipbuilding, shrimp and fish, telecommunications and vehicle assembly.

The assessment did not cover some traditional industries, including the energy sector as a whole, the release added.

The US Embassy in Bangladesh, through USAID and other sections and in collaboration with Bangladesh Government, will analyze the priority sectors identified in the PSA to explore specific strategies for investment and increased engagement with the local private sector in these fields.

It is expected that the PSA’s findings will support the Government of Bangladesh’s economic diversification reforms initiative and help the private sector deepen its engagement with the government and other stakeholders in order to further promote Bangladesh’s economic growth. The PSA was conducted by Inspira Advocacy and Consultancy Ltd., a Bangladeshi private consultation firm between October 2018 and July 2019.

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