Bangladesh: Getting The Story Out

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Bangladesh has come such a long way since Henry Kissinger’s famous 1971 quip, "Bangladesh is a bottomless basket", and the 2014 World Bank, “corruption challenge”, remarks. Examples abound across the country and ultimately both were proven wrong.

More recently, within its economic development progress, Bangladesh has been a star. During the period 2017-2019, its economy grew at 7.8%, and managed 2.4% in the 2020 covid pandemic, one of the very few countries worldwide to show growth during this time. While Bangladesh continues to make improvements across many parts of its economy, growth in inbound FDI has lagged and still hovers just above 1% of GDP, below its 5-year plan and well below the FDI of neighbouring India, and Vietnam’s 10-15%.

This webinar focuses on the recent changes to its capital markets and tracks inbound flows by country across infrastructure, corporate, VC and PE investors over the past 2-3 years, which has been very impressive.

We also address challenges to this growth which still remain.

The research that Henry will discus was produced by Asia Investment Research. Links to the full report on Bangladesh can be found there.


Henry Tillman has had a 35+ year international banking career, with ExCo positions at Barclays and ABN Amro and a NED role at Wells Fargo EMEA. In 2003, he formed Grisons Peak LLP, a UK based merchant bank, focussed on UK/Tech partnerships with Asia, which advised on over $25 billion completed transactions before being wound down in 2018. In 2008, Mr Tillman launched a global China macro research product, China Outbound Investments, driven from a bespoke database launched in 2008, five years before the launch of the One-Belt-One-Road Initiative, later recast as the Belt Road Initiative (OBOR/BRI). Over the past few years, the firm’s business has shifted from large cap M&A advisory to Asia research/consultancy with related private placements operated within Grisons Peak Services.

Tuesday, 09 August 2022

10:00 - 10:45 BST



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    Henry Tillman
    Founder and Editor, China Investment Research
    Grisons Peak Services
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