AEIR 2018

GDP growth accelerated to 7.9% in FY2018 from 7.3% the previous year, as demand grew via higher consumption, investment, and exports. Continued political calm, improved power supply, and higher growth in private sector credit facilitated the fastest economic expansion in Bangladesh since 1974. GDP growth is expected to edge upward to 8.0% in FY2019 on robust private consumption, aided by the continued recovery in remittances. Public investment will remain strong as the government continues to expedite large infrastructure projects and other projects receiving overseas support. Private investment should also rise, supported by measures to increase private sector credit, reform initiatives to improve the ease of doing business, and plans to make several hundred industrial plots available in special economic zones. Despite a weaker growth outlook in key overseas markets, earnings from apparel exports are expected to rise as new destinations strengthen. GDP growth in FY2020 is expected to remain at 8.0% as economic momentum broadly continues.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2019, ADB.
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Composite Stock Price Index 1 5.0 (Jun19)5.0 5.0
Broad Money Growth 2 10.5 (Apr19)10.5 10.9
Headline Inflation Rate 3 5.6 (May19)5.6 5.6
Industrial/ Manufacturing Production Growth Rate 3 13.4 (Feb19)11.0 16.6
Merchandise Export Growth 3 7.5 (Apr19)7.5 15.6
Exchange Rate Index 4 127.2 (Jun19)126.9 126.4
1 Monthly average, local index.
2 %.
3 y-o-y, %.
4 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
Source: Bloomberg LP; CEIC database; Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; Bangladesh Bank.

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