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Top Foreign Companies Investing in Bangladesh

Once upon a time, in the bustling streets of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, foreign companies found a promising land to sow their seeds of investment. These companies, driven by ambition and a thirst for growth, ventured into a globally overlooked country. Little did they know that this land of rivers, lush greenery, and resilient people would become a fertile ground for their success.

The Titans

  • Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd:
    • Dutch-Bangla Bank, Bangladesh’s first joint venture bank since 1996, emerged as a beacon of hope. Spearheaded by local shareholders and the Dutch company FMO, it focused on financing high-growth manufacturing industries. Textiles, food products, and leather goods flourished under its nurturing wings.
  • VIPB Asset Management Company Limited:
    • VIPB, with its headquarters in Dhaka since 2016, has played a crucial role in shaping the financial landscape. Its investments fueled innovation and stability, creating ripples across the nation.
  • British American Tobacco (BAT):
    • With a legacy spanning decades, BAT stood tall as a multinational giant. Its tobacco products found their way into every corner of Bangladesh since 1949, leaving an indelible mark on the economy.
  • Nestle:
    • Nestle, the Swiss food and beverage conglomerate, brought flavours from around the world to Bangladeshi households in 1992. From Maggi noodles to Nescafé coffee, their products became household staples.
  • Unilever:
    • Unilever’s soaps, shampoos, and detergents became part of daily life in 1962. Their commitment to sustainability and social responsibility resonated with the local population.
  • Sony:
    • Sony’s electronics dazzled the tech-savvy youth. From Walkmans to PlayStation consoles, they transformed entertainment and communication.

Challenges and Triumphs

Despite steady economic growth, Bangladesh faced hurdles. Negative perceptions lingered—poverty, natural disasters, and political instability painted an unflattering picture. Yet, the country’s strategic location, abundant resources, and a burgeoning middle class kept investors intrigued.

In 2022, the financial sector grappled with a scandal, but resilience prevailed. China emerged as a dominant investor, drawn by the country’s economic zones. Other European countries, the European Union, and ASEAN also played pivotal roles.


As the sun sets over Dhaka, the foreign companies continue their journey. They’ve learned that Bangladesh isn’t just a land of challenges; it’s a canvas for dreams. The story of their investments intertwines with the hopes and aspirations of millions—a tale of growth, resilience, and unwavering faith in a nation on the rise.


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