Title Moving Forward
Subtitle Connectivity and Logistics to Sustain Bangladesh’s Success
Author Matías Herrera Dappe, Charles Kunaka, Mathilde Lebrand, Nora Weisskopf
ISBN 9781464815072
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 158
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher The World Bank
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The erosion of its competitiveness is raising concerns about the sustainability of Bangladesh’s growth model based on exports of ready-made garments. To safeguard its comparative advantage in ready-made garments and diversify its exports basket, Bangladesh needs to increase its competitiveness. Improving logistics performance is an important lever with which to do so.

Moving Forward: Connectivity and Logistics to Sustain Bangladesh’s Success presents a comprehensive assessment of logistics performance and its main determinants. It analyzes freight demand at a spatially disaggregated level, quantifies logistics costs, including the costs of externalities, looks at the factors that determine the stock and quality of infrastructure, and examines the incentives to provide logistics services of a certain type and quality and to charge the observed prices. It also quantifies the potential impacts of removing transport and logistics inefficiencies on Bangladesh’s exports and economic geography using a spatial general equilibrium model.

Bangladesh’s congested, unreliable, and unsophisticated logistics system imposes high costs on the economy. Making it efficient requires a holistic system-wide approach that is based on a comprehensive strategy; improves the quality, capacity, and management of infrastructure; improves the quality and integration of logistics services; and achieves seamless regional connectivity.

Moving Forward will be of interest to policy makers, private sector practitioners, and academics with an interest in the performance of Bangladesh’s transport and logistics sectors.




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Overview • Congested, unreliable, and unsophisticated: Bangladesh’s logistics system imposes high costs on the economy • Fragmented, ineffective, and outdated governance has led to inefficiencies in logistics • Making logistics more efficient would significantly boost export growth, with the benefits going largely to Greater Dhaka • Note • References

Chapter 1: Successful Albeit Poor Logistics Performance • Introduction • Unevenly distributed success • The need to improve logistics performance • Logistics diagnostic • Organization of the report • Note • References

Chapter 2: Freight Demand • Introduction • Bangladesh’s transport network • Freight generation • Freight movement by road • Freight movement by inland waterway • Freight movement by rail • Notes • References

Chapter 3: Logistics Costs • Introduction • Private logistics costs • Impact of congestion on logistics costs • Costs of logistics externalities • Notes • References

Chapter 4: Logistics Infrastructure • Introduction • Challenges • Governance of the logistics sector • Public funding of infrastructure • Private sector participation in infrastructure • Policy and regulatory restrictions • Notes • References

Chapter 5: Logistics Services • Introduction • Range of logistics services • Modalities of logistics services provision • Integration of logistics services • Quality of logistics services • Distortion of logistics markets by unions and associations • Challenges in doing business environment • Challenges associated with the governance of logistics services • Potential of and barriers to regional integration of logistics services • Note • References

Chapter 6: Impacts of More Efficient Logistics • Introduction • Evaluating logistics interventions with a general equilibrium model • Estimating the district-level effects of logistics interventions • Note • References

Chapter 7: Conclusions and Policy Direction • Conclusions • Policy direction

Appendix A: Freight Generation Survey

Appendix B: Econometric Models of Freight Generation

Appendix C: Econometric Results of Freight Generation Models

Appendix D: Estimation of Origin-Destination

Appendix E: Estimation of Private Logistics Costs

Appendix F: Corridors and Regions Covered by GPS Data on Truck Movements

About the Authors:

Matías Herrera Dappe is a Senior Economist in the Transport Global Practice of the World Bank, where he leads policy research programs on infrastructure. He has published extensively on infrastructure economics, transport connectivity, performance benchmarking, competition, and auctions. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for consulting firms and think tanks, advising governments and companies in Latin America, North America, and Europe. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Charles Kunaka is a Lead Private Sector Specialist and Global Product Specialist on Connectivity and Logistics at the World Bank, where he leads several investment operations and projects on logistics and connectivity in the East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, and Africa regions. He has published extensively on connectivity and logistics topics, including trade and transport corridors, the Belt and Road Initiative, road transport services, and logistics. Between 2016 and 2019, he served as joint Secretary of the Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance, a G20 initiative to share knowledge and experience aimed at promoting an integrated and coherent connectivity agenda across the world. He holds an MSc in transport studies from Cranfield University and a PhD in transport studies from University College London.

Mathilde Lebrand is an Economist in the World Bank’s Infrastructure Chief Economist Office, where she has been working on the Belt and Road Initiative, economic corridor development, and connectivity. Previously, she worked for the Europe and Central Asia Chief Economist Office where she contributed to several regional studies. Her research focuses on economic geography, transport, international trade, networks, and political economy. She has taught at the University of Montreal and worked at the World Trade Organization. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Studies ifo Institute (CESifo). She holds a PhD in economics from the European University Institute.

Nora Weisskopf is a Senior Program Manager at Amazon in the field of automation and supply chain optimization. Before joining Amazon, she was a Transport Specialist at the World Bank in Sydney, Australia, where her work covered a range of development-related transport and logistics issues, including the financing of transport and logistics infrastructure, operations, and policy as well as research in areas such as affordable and sustainable transport. She holds an MA in international business from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Engineering in logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Target Audience:

This book will be useful to people interested in transport and trade logistics and export competitiveness.

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