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World Bank launches the Bangladesh Enterprise Survey 2011

May 12, 2011



DHAKA, May 12, 2011: The World Bank has launched the Bangladesh Enterprise Survey 2011 to assess the business environment for the Bangladeshi private sector and investment. The Survey is planned as an integral part of World Bank’s efforts to promote growth and investment in Bangladesh.

The survey would cover around 1,250 businesses in the manufacturing and services sector.  This will complement an ongoing World Bank business survey of 1,000 ready-made garment (RMG) firms in Bangladesh, to look at how locational choice affects productivity and competitiveness of firms.

The World Bank conducts business environment studies globally through using a standard questionnaire adapted to the context of each country.  The questionnaire covers several topics, including innovation and technology, competition, labor issues, informality, access to finance, infrastructure, and the effects of government regulations on firms.

SRG Bangladesh Limited and AC Nielsen, two leading research and consulting companies of Bangladesh, has been contracted to implement the survey. The survey will take place between May and June 2011.  The survey will cover four regions across Bangladesh, including Dhaka and Chittagong, and firms will be selected on a random basis to guarantee representativeness of the results at the national level.
 
The preliminary results are expected in September 2011. To ensure reliability of the collected data and to protect the identity of the interviewed firms, the World Bank guarantees confidentiality of individual information of firms.

Media Contacts
In Washington
Benjamin S. Crow
Tel : (202) 473 1729
bcrow@worldbank.org
In Dhaka
Mehrin A. Mahbub
Tel : (880-2) 8159001
mmahbub@worldbank.org


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