- Identification of trade-related graduation challenges and preparation of sector-specific trade roadmaps for overcoming the challenges
BFTI conducted a study on ‘Identification of trade-related graduation challenges and preparation of sector-specific trade roadmaps for overcoming the challenges’. The study was conducted under the ‘Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update (DTISU) of Bangladesh: Trade Roadmap for Sustainable Graduation’ project of WTO Wing, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and funded by Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) of World Trade Organization (WTO). This study was undertaken accentuating on preparing a roadmap for enhancing the capacity of selected 12 export sectors to address the challenges of the sectors with pragmatic steps. The study covered 9 sectors of goods including readymade garments (knitwear and woven), pharmaceuticals and API, leather and leather goods, non-leather footwear, light engineering including electronics and electrical, plastics, shipbuilding, agro products and processed foods, fisheries and livestock. It also covered 3 service sectors including software and IT related services, tourism services and nursing and midwifery services.
- 04 studies Under Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project-1 (BRCP-1), Ministry of Commerce.
Bangladesh Foreign Trade institute (BFTI) completed the 04 studies and submitted the final report to the Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project-1 (BRCP-1), Ministry of Commerce. Four studies include:
Study 1: WTO Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT) and Graduation Challenges
Study 2: A Compiled Policy and Regulatory Guidelines/Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Cross Border Land Port Management with Respect to International Trade and Transport Formalities, Procedures, Documentation and Related Matters
Study 3: Simplification of Trade Procedures, Customs Modernization, Ease of Doing Business for Export Promotion of Bangladesh to Ensure Policy Coherence between National Development Priorities and International Obligations on Trade Facilitation Agreements
Study 4: Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Co-ordination and Notification, Certification Process and Infrastructure for Promoting Trade
- Study on Policy Support and Incentives before and after LDC Graduation for RMG Sector
BFTI conducted a study for the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) titled ‘Determining policy supports and incentives (including subsidies) to be offered now and during post-LDC graduation for sustainable development of readymade garments (RMG) export sector analyzing the mechanism and strategy of its closest competitor countries’. The overall objective of the study was to identify existing government policy supports and incentives (direct and indirect) being allowed to RMG sector in Bangladesh and its competitor countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and recommend policy supports for the RMG sector in Bangladesh considering the current and post LDC graduation period for sustainable development of the sector.
- Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
BFTI submitted the final signed report of Joint Feasibility Study on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Bangladesh and India to Ministry of Commerce on August 25, 2022
- 03 Studies- Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project-1 (BRCP1)
Bangladesh Foreign Trade institute, (BFTI) completed the 03 studies in collaboration with Keystone Business Support Company Limited and submitted the final report to the Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project-1 (BRCP-1). Three studies include:
Study 1: Comparative analysis of trade policies of Bangladesh and its competing countries, particularly Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand
Study 2: Identification of potential countries for signing Free Trade Agreements.
Study 3: Review and Reforming the “Bangladesh Land Port Authority Act 2001”.
- Feasibility of Third Party EXIM Cargo Transportation through Coastal and Protocol Route between Bangladesh and India
A study funded by the Ministry of Shipping to recommend the position Bangladesh should take with regards to the proposed amendments by India in terms of allowing third party EXIM cargo through the proposed ports.
- Industry-wise and firm-level Awareness-building strategy, plan and training need assessment (Gap Analysis, TNA) for
- Leather & leathergoods, Footwear Sector,
- Plastics Sector and
- Light Engineering Sector
- The studies are being conducted under the Component 1: Market Access Support Programme of the Export Competitiveness for Jobs (EC4J) Project, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh, and the World Bank Group.
- Analysing the Gap in Issuing Certificates of Standards for Export
A study on analysing the gap in issuing certificates of standards for export of Bangladeshi products to various destinations overseas as a measure of expansion an diversification of Bangladeshi exports.
- Non-Tariff Measures/ Barriers Faced by Bangladesh While Exporting to Major Export Destinations
Funded by: Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Human Resources Development for Trade Promotion Project, (EIF Tier-1)
WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh
- Study on Export Potentials of Trade in Services in Bangladesh: Identifying the Opportunities and Challenges
Prepared for: EIF Tier-1 WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh
- Scoping Study on Paperless Trade Reforms in Bangladesh
Funded By: British Council PROKAS-Programme
- Time-Bound Study of the RMG Sector of Bangladesh
- The Economic and Social Impact of Liberalisation through Preferential Trade Agreements – The Case of the Ready-Made Garments and the Leather & Leathergoods Sectors: A Country Study on Bangladesh
Prepared for The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
- Analysing Export Readiness of the Vegetables Sector of Bangladesh
KATALYST, An Agri-business for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P)
- Sector-based Need Assessment Study of Business Promotion Council
- Leather Sector
- Light Engineering Sector
- Medicinal Plants and Herbal Products’ Sector
- Fishery Products’ Sector
- Agro Products’ Sector
Prepared for: Business Promotion Council (BPC)
- Tourists’ Attitude towards Tourism in Bangladesh
jointly conducted by the Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute, the University of Dhaka and the Daffodil International University.
- Geographic Indication
Its Significance for Bangladesh and way forward Initiatives
- Global recession and exports of Bangladesh
- The Shipbuilding Industry in Bangladesh
Current Position and Prospects for Future Growth
- Price Movement
Preparation of a research paper on the global and local supply-demand situation of essential commodities, viz; rice and wheat.
- Export Growth: Recent trends and future Challenges
- Implications of Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme declared by India for Bangladesh
- Accessing New Labor Market Sectors for the Less Skilled Bangladeshi Workers” (ACCESS)
- Analysis on the impact of NAFTA Trade
- Duty-Free market access in Republic of Korea: Potentials for LDCs and Bangladesh Provided in Cooperation with:
Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), Bangkok
- Export Performance of Bangladesh Global Recession and After Working paper