Invited Talk by Dr. Md. Shah Alam of Bangladesh

Dr. Md. Shah Alam, Professor, Rajshashi University, Bangladesh delivered a lecture to the students on November 20, 2015 on the topic of “Incentives for Attracting Foreign Direct Investment in Bangladesh.”. Developed nations will not invest in developing nations like India or Bangladesh unless there was a personal interest or motive.” Since production costs are very low in developing nations like India and Bangladesh, developed nations set up production units and make investments in such countries. To attract more FDI to Bangladesh, fiscal incentives such as corporate tax holiday of 5 to 7 years, and reduced tariff on import of raw materials are extended. This is in addition to several financial incentives by the Bangladeshi Government.  Additional facilities like granting of 100 percent foreign equity in identified sectors, unrestricted exit policy are also being implemented. Despite the Government incentives, FDI inflows to Bangladesh are still inadequate.