Bangladesh Economic Update, February 2015
The current issue of the Bangladesh Economic Update attempts to assess the state of revenue collection against the backdrop of the running prolonged political stalemate, continuous shortfall in revenue collection from its target for several fiscal years, and its consequential impact on public investment. The Update also examines the contribution of different sources to the total collection of revenue and analyses the pattern of expenditure, the deficit trend and deficit financing. The biggest challenge in revenue mobilisation this year will be the fulfillment of the target of revenue under the existing political unrest. The economy already has passed half of its way of the current fiscal year but the revenue collection is much lower than its target and already has fallen short of its target. The historical data shows that in the year of election the rate of growth in revenue collection falls due to stagnant economic activities arisen from political violence and turbulence. The current continuous countrywide blockade coupled with the several hartals over a month is hampering economic activities badly. Export to different countries has started to fall; small and medium enterprises are incurring losses; bank credit is falling, and sluggishness in investment in private sector is ongoing. Revenue has fallen short of its target in previous two consecutive years where economic situation was comparatively good. So, considering the historical trend, it can be predicted that the shortfall will be large which will affect the trajectory of growth of the economy.