Though foreign investment and 100% foreign ownership is permitted in general, with a limited industries and business activities which have some restriction for foreign investment in Bangladesh as below:

  • Businesses where 100% Foreign ownership is not permitted

Number of business activities mentioned as below where 100% foreign ownership is not allowed:

  • Courier service agent
  • Buying houses and indenting agents
  • Advertising agency
  • Shipping agent
  • Freight forwarding agents
  • Airlines/railway GSA/PSA/cargo agent
  • Protected Industries

Foreign Investment in certain industries in Bangladesh also require prior approval of the relevant authority, upon receiving the due approval RJSC accept company registration application:

  • Satellite Channel
  • Cargo/passenger aviation
  • Sea-bound ship transport
  • Fishing in the deep sea
  • Bank, Insurance and other financial institution
  • Generation, supply and distribution of power
  • Exploration, extraction and supply of natural resources
  • Large-scale infrastructure project
  • Crude oil refinery (recycling/refining of lube oil used as fuel)
  • Medium and large industry using natural mineral as raw materials
  • Sea-port/Deep sea-port
  • VOIP/IP telephone
  • Industries using heavy minerals accumulated from sea beach
  • Restricted Industries

Foreign investment to the below industries in Bangladesh is fully restricted:

  • Production of nuclear energy;
  • Arms and ammunition and other defense equipment and machinery.
  • Forest plantation and mechanized extraction within the bounds of reserved forests

  • Security printing and mining

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