Bangladeshi markets to boom – eventually

Panelists at the Bangladesh Investment Forum were optimistic about the outlook for the country’s capital markets but their hopes are likely to take years to be realised.
Bangladesh capital markets panelists, from left: Christian Forthuber, SwissPro Invest; Abu Bakar Chowdhury, ASMA Capital; Abdul Mazid, Chittagong Stock Exchange; MKM Mohiuddin; Alamgir Morshed, Standard Chartered Bangladesh
Bangladesh capital markets panelists, from left: Christian Forthuber, SwissPro Invest; Abu Bakar Chowdhury, ASMA Capital; Abdul Mazid, Chittagong Stock Exchange; MKM Mohiuddin; Alamgir Morshed, Standard Chartered Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s equity and bond markets will offer foreign investors enormous growth and performance potential one day.

That, in essence, is the message from the capital markets panel at the 4th annual Bangladesh Investment Summit held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

The panellists, two of whom are former or current senior executives of the Chittagong Stock Exchange, discussed the development potential of the country’s stock market in particular.

“Bangladesh’s stock market is still in the emerging stage but following its developments of recent years it’s almost like a developed market,” said M.K.M Mohiuddin, the former president of the Chittagong...

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