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Country Brief

Bangladesh is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Myanmar and India. The country has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years mainly driven by exports of readymade-garments and remittances from migrant workers. The country is diversifying its export base in terms of products and destinations while tapping into its vibrant private sector and large pool of inexpensive labour. Bangladesh’s major export item is readymade-garments and others include shrimps, jute, leather goods and tea. Main export destinations are the United States and the EU. Bangladesh imports mostly fuel, capital goods and foodstuff originating in China, India, the EU and Kuwait. Bangladesh is a founding member of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and a member of World Trade Organization (WTO).


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Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.