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Bangladesh draws smartphone assembly as brands eye growing market

Nokia, Samsung and Chinese makers including Vivo enticed by government incentives

Dhaka shops selling smartphones from Oppo and Vivo, two Chinese companies that are among the global manufacturers producing the devices in Bangladesh. (Photo by Syful Islam)

DHAKA -- International mobile phone brands Nokia, Samsung, Vivo and others are increasingly choosing to set up manufacturing ventures in Bangladesh to avoid the South Asian country's high import tariffs and get direct access to its large and growing population.

Bangladesh, once a perennial bottom-dweller in global league tables, has drawn increasing attention in recent years as its economy racks up high growth rates and consumer spending power in the country of 163 million people expands.

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