Towards 2014: challenges for Pakistan
Reposted from The Nation
By Tariq Osman Hyder
The imminent US/Nato drawdown in Afghanistan poses major challenges for Pakistan and the region: how best to work towards the peace and stability desired by all?
Clearly, America acknowledges its failure to fulfil neither Bush’s transformative ambitions, nor Obama’s lowered expectations, though the US/Nato occupation has attained some objectives. President Hamid Karzai’s government remains, urban areas are largely controlled, and some development has resulted; the Afghan National Army and Police have been established for post-Nato national security. More…
Reposted from e-Bangladesh
By Sheikh Shahriar Zaman
The importance of Dhaka is growing in the eyes of Washington as Bangladesh-US relationship has entered a new era when it is trying to shape up its future relationship through a partnership dialogue that has ended in the Washington. The growing relationship manifested as Dhaka is the partner of all four global initiatives of President Obama. More…
Reposted from The Daily Star
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivering statement at the 65th UNGA.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the US businessmen to invest in Bangladesh by taking the advantages of country’s multi-dimensional foreign investment facilities. More…
Reposted from The Center for Global Development
By Vijaya Ramachandran and Julie Walz
Since the 2010 earthquake, almost $6 billion has been disbursed in official aid to Haiti, a country with a population of just under 10 million. An estimated $3 billion has been donated to NGOs in private contributions in addition to official aid. The United States Government alone has disbursed almost $2 billion of this total amount and has pledged over $3 billion for relief and reconstruction. More…
Reposted from e-Bangladesh
By Sheikh Shahriar Zaman
Bangladesh and US engagement is intensifying in line with the growing Washington’s interest in the moderate Muslim country. The visit of Bangladesh foreign minister, Dipu Moni, in Washington last September and her US counterpart, Hilary Rodham Clinton, counter visit in Dhaka in May and subsequent signing of a Partnership Dialogue are manifestation of the growing relation. More…
Reposted from Reuters
Textile factory in Yangon, Myanmar
(Reuters) – A U.S. ban on imports from Myanmar was set to expire, at least temporarily, at the end of September because of a clash between lawmakers over funding for an African trade provision. More…
Reposted from Bloomberg
By William Pesek
Myanmar’s conversion to democracy is breathing new life into a project with a terminally boring name: Greater Mekong Subregion.
This name was bestowed on an investment bloc that the Asian Development Bank put together in 1992. It was made up of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan Province. Talk about odd bedfellows. It mixes constitutional monarchies, immature multiparty democracies, communist states and military regimes suddenly mulling elections with one thing in common — a waterway that’s central to the livelihood of 330 million people. More…
Reposted from the News Observer
By JACQUELINE CHARLES
CARACOL, Haiti — It’s precisely the kind of development that just about everyone has been saying Haiti needs: foreign governments pooling dollars to build housing, create jobs and foster hope.
But a $300 million investment to help create tens of thousands of textile jobs in this rural northern village has reignited debate over whether banking on Haiti’s past as a garment assembly capital will bring the kind of social and economic development needed to lift the country out of abject poverty. Some argue the funds are better invested in agricultural projects to feed the country and boost farmers. More…
Reposted from the Strait Times
WASHINGTON (AFP) – United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she will take part in next month’s meeting of South-east Asian nations and regional powers in Cambodia.
Mrs Clinton met in Washington with Cambodia’s foreign minister, Mr Hor Namhong, as the developing nation prepares to host this year’s meetings of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean).
‘We are looking forward to coming for the Asean Regional Forum to Cambodia in July,’ Mrs Clinton told reporters. More…
By John Conway Boyd
An office staff writes on a white board at the Myanmar Securities Exchange Centre in Yangon
Political reforms implemented by the Myanmar government are beginning to pay off. Many nations are beginning to ease and/or suspend sanctions against Myanmar after decades of severely stunted economic growth within the Southeast Asian nation. Following the suspension of major prohibitions against conducting business in Myanmar by the European Union, Australia and Canada last month, the United States quickly followed suit in mid-May. International investors are now lining up to capitalize on the country’s large labor force, abundant natural resources, competitive wages and strategic location. More…