Bangladesh Development
Research Center (BDRC)
“Poverty has always been on the government’s
agenda in Bangladesh, but to have effective
policies, one needs adequate information”
Mustafa K. Mujeri (In: From Research to Policy in Bangladesh)  
I. Official Data Sources:
    Top 3: Bangladesh Bank; Ministry of Finance; and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics; subsequent
    listing follows alphabetical order.

1.   Bangladesh Bank (
    (Bangladesh’s Central Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

2.  Ministry of Finance (
    Ministry of Finance, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh , (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

    Bangladesh Economic Survey
    Current frequency: Annual

    Budget Estimate   
    Current frequency: Annual

    Budget Speech     
    Current frequency: Annual

    Flow of External Resources into Bangladesh    
    Current frequency: Annual

    Resume of the Activities of the Financial Institutions in Bangladesh
    Current frequency: unknown

    Bangladesh Economic Review     
    Current frequency: unknown

3.   Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (
    Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning,  
    Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

    Statistical Yearbook of Bangladesh
    Current frequency: Annual

    Statistical Pocket Book of Bangladesh
    Current frequency: Annual

    Monthly Statistical Bulletin
    Note: Merger of (a) Monthly indicators of current economic situation of Bangladesh , and (b) Monthly statistical
    bulletin of Bangladesh . Some of these previous titles were also previously published as “Monthly economic
    situation of Bangladesh”
    Current frequency: Monthly

    Bangladesh Education in Statistics
    Current frequency: unknown

    Foreign Trade Statistics of Bangladesh
    Current frequency: unknown

    Memorandum for the Bangladesh Aid Group
    Current frequency: Annual

    Report on Census of Manufacturing Industries
    (Former title: Detailed report on the census of manufacturing industries for ... in Bangladesh)
    Current frequency: Irregular

    Report on Labour Force Survey
    Current frequency: Annual (slightly irregular)

    Report on the Household Expenditure Survey of Bangladesh
    Current frequency: Irregular

    Yearbook of Agricultural Statistics of Bangladesh
    (Variant title: Agricultural Yearbook of Bangladesh)
    Current frequency: Annual

The subsequent listing for official data sources follows alphabetical order:

Board of Investment (BOI) of Bangladesh ( )
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Provides many useful data links, like to “Economic Statistics” and “Investment Statistics”

Climate Change Cell ( )
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Climate Change Database ( )

Export Promotion Bureau (
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Bangladesh Export Statistics  

II. Other Data Sources:
Besides official data provided by the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, useful data
and/or references to data sources are also provided by many international developmental organizations
(especially the
Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the
International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank) as well
as by civil society organizations. The following are seven examples:

    3) The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides the following Data Sets:  
  • Bangladesh: Baseline Data of SHAHAR Project, CARE-Bangladesh, 2000 -- Slum Areas of
    Tongi and Jessore Municipalities;
  • Bangladesh: Coping Strategies in Bangladesh, 1998-99;
  • Bangladesh: Commercial Vegetable and Fish Polyculture Production, 1996-1997; and
  • Bangladesh: Social Accounting Matrix (SAM), 1993-94.

    4) The International Labour Organization (ILO) provides a variety of labor-related databases that
    are freely available online. Some of them contain country-specific data, for example:

    5) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides (in addition to its fee-based databases) free of
    charge the IMF Data Mapper as well as various country-specific macroeconomic data within its
    Country Reports and their Statistical Appendices.

    6) The United Nations provides data on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Indicators;

    7) The World Bank's Open Data Initiative intends to provide all users with access to World Bank
    data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank data sources. This listing will continue to be
    updated as additional data resources are added. These resources include databases, pre-formatted
    tables and reports. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that
    source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select
    the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Those search results can be exported in
    different formats. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the

  • The Bangladesh Development Research Center has (like in previous years) compiled the
    Bangladesh-specific data from the World Bank's World Development Indicators (WDI)
    database in this MS Excel® (xlsx) file (size: 819 kb) (based on the WDI 2015 database as
    revised on December 29, 2015). Please contact the BDRC at if
    you do not have Excel 2007 and would like to get a lower version Excel file with the data sent to
    you via E-mail.

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Data Sources   

I. Official Data Sources
II. Other Data Sources
Please see the bottom of this website for some World Bank data extracted
by the Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
Annual Publications
Annual Report
Balance of Payments
NGO-MFIs in Bangladesh
Import Payments
Export Receipts
Annual Training Plan-2008

Half Yearly Publications
Financial Sector Review (June and December), Vol. 1, No. 1 published in June 2006
Monetary Policy Review (April and October); Vol. 1 No. 1 published in October 2005

Quarterly Publications
Bangladesh Bank Quarterly
Scheduled Banks Statistics

Monthly Publications
Economic Trends
Major Economic Indicators
Explanation of the Surplus Liquidity
Bank Parikrama

Fortnightly Publications
Trends of major economic indicators

Weekly Publications
Selected Indicators
Statement of Affairs
Financial Position of Scheduled Banks
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