Budget 2019-20

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina taking questions at a news conference on the proposed 2019-20 national budget in Dhaka's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Friday. Photo: Saiful Islam Kallol
Sheikh Hasina has threatened the private banks with tough actions if they do not lower the rates of interest they charge to lend to or below 9 percent. 
TIB slates government for black money exemption plan in budget
Transparency International, Bangladesh, or TIB, has come down hard at the government for proposing scopes to legalise undisclosed income in the 2019-20 national budget.
Budget: CPD sees promises in the air, much less clarity
The Centre for Policy Dialogue says the proposed budget is full of promises, with no specific ways to implement it.
BGMEA President Rubana Huq speaks at a pre-budget discussion at Amari Dhaka Hotel on Monday. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi
BGMEA President Rubana Huq has said she is “70 percent happy” with the proposed national budget for the next fiscal year. 
AHM Mustafa Kamal presenting his maiden budget as finance minister in parliament on Thursday. Photo: PID
Smart budget? Far from it. Is it packed with surprises? Not really.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal emerging from a cabinet meeting after signing the approved national budget for fiscal 2019-20 on Thursday. Photo: PID
Sheikh Hasina will hold a media briefing on budget at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka at 3pm Friday for the first time, as Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has been taken ill.
DCCI hails move to implement new VAT law in FY20
The DCCI has hailed the government’s decision to implement the long-awaited VAT Act, 2012 in fiscal year 2020, terming it ‘a timely initiative.’
Analysts question ‘absence’ of plans for troubled banking sector in Kamal’s first budget
Analysts have questioned the “absence” of any clear plans in AHM Mustafa Kamal’s maiden budget to tackle the mounting default loans and lack of discipline in banks.
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