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area of Sa­man­gan, she worked for eight years and as­sisted in the birth of 6,000 ba­bies, while she re­mained in Zer­a­kee for three months. She grad­u­ated from the Com­mu­nity Mid­wifery Ed­u­ca­tion (CME) School in Sa­man­gan in 2007 and is mother of ten. Zar Pana says once she as­sisted a mother in de­liv­er­ing six newly born chil­dren, two of whom died and the other four are alive. She again ex­am­ined an­other woman and was to de­liver five ba­bies.

Ja­panese firms op­er­at­ing in China choose Bangladesh as the sec­ond best in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion af­ter In­dia due to lower pro­duc­tion costs. Many Ja­panese-af­fil­i­ated firms in China want to ex­pand their op­er­a­tions in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is of­fer­ing the low­est worker wage lev­els among its com­pet­ing coun­tries. Ja­panese in­vestors also think that Bangladesh has the widest room for cost cut­ting. In com­par­i­son to Ja­pan, the cost of pro­duc­tion in Bangladesh is less than half.

Ja­panese cor­po­rate heads feel that there will be bet­ter trade op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bangladesh in 2015, as many CEOs are ex­pect­ing prof­its to rise in the coun­try. There is, how­ever, room to im­prove worker ef­fi­ciency by pro­vid­ing ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional train­ing. In­vest­ment from Ja­pan in Bangladesh rose three times com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to Bangladesh Bank.

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