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Increased income revenue in Bangladesh, and other news (15 May 2019)

From income revenue in Bangaldesh to gender equality in education in Ghana

  • Income revenue is set to increase in Bangladesh through higher income tax and VAT net in an aim to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign aid and grants in implementing its budget. The GDP growth target for the next fiscal year is now 8.5%. Read more in Dhaka Tribune.

  • Ghana’s government have reaffirmed their commitment to establishing gender equality within the education system, aiming to improve access and completion rates for girls in higher education and addressing barriers such as child -marriage and teenage pregnancy. By 2022 it is hoped there will be gender equality throughout all junior and senior high schools. Read more in All Africa.

  • Psychiatric hospitals in Ghana are now requiring patients to pay prior to receiving treatment due to a lack of funds after existing aid programmes ended in December. Read more in Ghana Web.

  • The African Network for Environment and Economic Justice will present at the UN meeting on the return of stolen assets following the success of phase one of the DFID supported MANTRA project. The meeting will open discussions around policy for good practices in asset return while considering the SDGs. Read more in The Guardian (Nigeria).

  • An Indian textile manufacturing company, KPR Mill, have opened their first overseas unit in Ethiopia, as part of a partnership with the DFID-funded International Trade Centre’s Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa programme. At full capacity, the new unit hopes to create 1,500 new jobs. Read more in News Ghana.