Our projects

Project Name: Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP)

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group (WBG)

Project Description:

Since its inception in May 2014, the TSP platform has aimed at developing an effective dialogue and advocacy platform for promoting sustainability in the textile sector of Bangladesh. Composed of stakeholders from government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and so on, the TSP has driven important results such as contributing towards supplementary duty increase for Zero Discharge on Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and formation of the Green Transformation Fund by the Bangladesh Bank.  To build on the momentum and achievements in an effective and long-term oriented manner, the Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP) has been reconstituted.

The Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP), a public-private dialogue platform, aiming to strengthen environmental sustainability and resource use efficiency in the textile sector of Bangladesh and supported by Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) decided to map roles and responsibilities of the government institutions related to the water sector. The study conducted by BUILD focuses on water overuse and water pollution

Under this project, BUILD would extend research, technical, and secretarial support to the TSP to ensure meaningful operation of the platform. BUILD will submit the recommendations of  TSP before the working committee on Sustainability and Green Growth (SGG) of BUILD that is jointly chaired by Mr. Istiaque Ahmad, Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests and Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, President, BGMEA. The working committee will consider and make decisions based on the recommendations. Further, recommendations that need inter-ministerial approval will be placed to high powered Private Sector Development Policy coordination Committee (PSDPCC) at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) supported by BUILD. 

First orientation meeting of the Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP)

Second meeting of the Textile Sustainability Platform

BUILD Article on TSP

Project Name: Asia and Middle East Economic Growth (AMEG)

Client: Chemonics Internations & USAID 

Project Description

Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently with Chemonics,  the implementer of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Asia and Middle East Economic Growth (AMEG) project, to coordinate their approach to activities promoting regional connectivity in South Asia through August 2017.

AMEG supports USAID Missions and Bureaus in the Asia and the Middle East regions by providing the necessary tools to conduct successful economic and financial management assessments, strategic planning, diagnostics, pilots, and program designs.

The MOU was signed by Anne Spahr, AMEG Chief of Party, and Ferdaus Ara Begum, Chief Executive Officer of BUILD. Under this MOU , BUILD will serve as a key partner for AMEG on regional activities in 2017 and help identify opportunities for enhancing regional connectivity and trade, facilitate connections with Bangladeshi stakeholders, and provide feedback to the AMEG team when necessary. AMEG will identify opportunities for collaboration with BUILD, develop scopes of work, and enter into agreements that include specific areas for collaboration.

As an example of the work that BUILD and AMEG will do together under this MOU, AMEG and BUILD will help carry out a two-day Task Force Workshop in India in April 2017 to design a demonstration pilot for enhancing regional connectivity. This task force and pilot activity seeks to bring together public and private sector stakeholders to demonstrate the viability and positive impact of allowing express shipments through land ports between Bangladesh and India .

Having signed the MOU, Ferdaus Ara Begum, Chief Executive Officer of BUILD said that all our commitments existing in the MOU will be delivered as planned to enable AMEG activities promoting regional connectivity in South Asia in general and between Bangladesh and India in particular.

Anne Spahr, AMEG Chief of Party said that AMEG is very excited to partner with BUILD in Bangladesh to put some of the recommendations to facilitate trade and new investment into action in the region.

BUILD's Article:

Bangla-India trade: NTBs more stringent than tariff barriers?

Standards need continuous updating

Improving regulatory standards for export diversification

eRegulations: an online step-by-step guide for exporters

With the experience of documenting licences and certificates relevant to various sectors, BUILD has recently undertaken a similar initiative for the export sector. BUILD is working on creating an online step-by-step guide for exporters using eRegulations, an electronic tool developed by United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). BUILD is partnering with Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) in order to implement this project under the guidance of Ministry of Commerce (MOC). International Trade Center (ITC) and UNCTAD are providing technical and financial support for this initiative.

In an earlier study by ITC, it was found that non-tariff measures (NTMs) are a major hindrance to international trade and market access especially for the exporters and importers especially in the developing countries such as Bangladesh. The study suggests that administrative procedures in the home country regarding export are often very complex and information required to meet the technical and other regulations is not always available. This becomes a serious challenge for the exporting companies and especially for the small and medium enterprises who want to access the international markets.

“Transparency in Trade Procedures” project aims to increase transparency of administrative procedures for businesses in Bangladesh to facilitate export by creating a step-by-step guide for exporters. eRegulations has been used to document and display the export procedures in this online guide. In Bangladesh, export procedures of two products, fresh vegetables and live and chilled fish were documented in the first phase of the project. In the second phase, BUILD and BFTI are working on five more products which have been mentioned as priority sectors for export in the 7th Five Year Plan. These five products include shrimp, leather goods, jute goods, plastic products and pharmaceutical products. The procedures for each product are documented based on market destination as some licences and certificates vary depending on the importing country’s requirements. Table 1 shows the list of destination for each product.