Zina Tasreen

June 6, 2021
June 6, 2021

A budget that fails to save lives and livelihood

He set off to save lives and livelihoods in his third budget as the finance minister and his second amid the global coronavirus pandemic, and along the way, went astray.

August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020

The cool head steering Unilever Bangladesh through the tempest

We are sailing through the most extraordinary times in living memory, with every facet of what we knew as normal life upended. So, one would expect the man heading the Bangladesh arm of a...

June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020

A budget not of its time

Any finance minister delivering a national budget wants, ideally, to project three qualities: calm, authority and very slight dullness.

June 11, 2020
June 11, 2020

Budget of self-preservation

It seems the universe keeps conspiring against Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. ...

June 10, 2020
June 10, 2020

A V-shaped economic recovery is still within reach. But the general public must play its part.

Optimism is a disease, the polemical British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie once said, and talking with Manmohan Parkash, the country director of the Asian Development Bank, one can’t help but...

January 25, 2020
January 25, 2020

Docking bad loans has now become critical

Age is the price of wisdom, it is often said. And an audience with the immediate past finance minister, AMA Muhith, calls to mind that saying.

January 20, 2020
January 20, 2020

‘We are a nation in a hurry’

Halfway through an interview at the Planning Commission, Planning Minister MA Mannan is asked about the logic behind the inordinate number of projects that are in implementation at any given moment.

January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020

‘It’s not possible to do everything overnight’

The man with the plan, is the impression one walks away with after an audience with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. Later, one is invariably met with the question: was he being a little too...

November 23, 2019
November 23, 2019

Bangla Bond has huge demand

Gamechanger -- is what best describes the debut of Bangla Bond, a taka-denominated debt instrument, on the London Stock Exchange on November 11 for Bangladesh.

November 12, 2019
November 12, 2019

Bangla Bond Launched: Acid test for Bangladesh growth story

Much has been said about the tremendous growth momentum of the Bangladesh economy. It was amongst the fastest growing nations in the world in the past decade, as per data from the state-run...