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Bangladesh Business Confidence Survey

The Bangladesh Business Confidence Survey (BCS) is a joint effort of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and Associates for Development Solutions Limited (ADSL). The survey gathers perception of enterprises about general business conditions in the past six months and their expectations in the upcoming six months. Perceptions are captured through qualitative questions relating to the following indices – economic condition, access to finance, business regulation, tax and customs, international business, input and infrastructure, and business environment. The results of such surveys are used globally by governments and policymakers to understand how businesses feel about the overall operating environment – to identify what has been helping business, and to determine what needs to be improved.


3rd Business Confidence Survey 2015 Summary

The 3rd Bangladesh Business Confidence Survey(BCS) was conducted between 6 February and 6 March, 2015, covering 400 businesses in Dhaka and Chittagong. BUILD has started the BCS since 2013 and has been conducting subsequent surveys every 6 months. In this 3rd BCS, BUILD has compared BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX for January- June 2014 with July – December 2014 and tried to assess the expected confidence for the period January- June 2015.

The survey has been conducted on 400 manufacturing andservice enterprises in the following 10 sectors:

·        Food

·        Textiles

·        Garments

·        Leather

·        Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals

·        Electronics & Light Engineering

·        Wholesale & Retail

·        Hotel & Restaurants

·        Transport & Communications

·        Cyber & Telecommunications

·        Real Estate

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HOPING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW: Voices of Business in Bangladesh


Second Bangladesh Business Confidence Survey (Jan-Jun 2014)

The second Bangladesh Business Confidence Survey was conducted between 15 June and 10 July, 2014, covering 400 businesses in Dhaka and Chittagong. It is based on business perceptions regarding the period of January to June 2014. For the purposes of analysis, we compare it to the results of the baseline first BCS, which covered the period July to December 2013.

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First Business Confidence Survey
October 2013- January 2014

This pilot baseline Business Confidence Survey was undertaken by Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) together with Associates for Development Services Limited (ADSL). The survey was conducted with businesses in Dhaka City and covered three consecutive time period - January-June 2013, July-December 2013 and January-June 2014.  

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