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Industry Outlook

Bangladesh's has 30 million wired consumers, out of population of 155 million.
Photo: A.M. Ahad/AP
Bangladesh is looking to expand its exports of information technology-oriented products and services to $1 billion within the next five years, as the sector sees a surge in foreign interest and an increase in outsourcing services performed by freelance Bangladeshi IT professionals.

Investor Outlook

With interest rates at rock bottom, Polish central bank chief Marek Belka says he's preparing other actions in case of eurozone QE.
Photo: Mike Theiler/Reuters
The prospect of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank (ECB) is already having an impact outside the eurozone, with Poland’s central bank saying on April 13 it was drafting policy responses to easing in Frankfurt.

Risk Outlook

Many people – both Buddhist and Muslim –  lack access to food, water, and basic health services following the departure of aid groups earlier this month.
Photo: Khin Maung Win/AP
Myanmar’s government vowed last week to protect aid workers in the beleaguered Rakhine State following an attack on international facilities by Buddhist mobs angry over the groups’ assistance to minority Rohingya Muslims.

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