Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – A high-profile business delegation of Bangladesh on Sunday left Dhaka for New Delhi as entourage of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s state visit to India.
The 47-member delegation led by Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed, chairman of Standard Bank Ltd and Abul Kashem Ahmed, first vice president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will pursue for export promotion urging New Delhi to allow duty-free concessions for Bangladeshi products and also to allow more goods from Dhaka.
“The Bangladesh business leaders will also discuss about trade imbalance, tariff & non-tariff barrier issues, sharing of power, present strict visa regime, investment problems, land port up-gradation facilities, certification and standardization problems etc,” the FBCCI, the country’s apex trade body said in a press statement.
The delegation members will take necessary initiative to reduce existing barriers to develop expansion of bilateral trade.
“The business leaders will urge the counterparts and the Indian government to implement the SAFTA and the other bilateral issue like maritime boundary, sharing of water, border issues etc,” the statement added.
The business delegation will meet the leaders of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Conference of Indian Industry (CII) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
During the meetings the Bangladesh business leaders will emphasize the need for larger export from Bangladesh to India to reduce the huge trade gap between the two countries, the statement noted.
Members of the delegation include Tipu Munshi, MP, former president of BGMEA, Abdul Matlub Ahmed, Abdul Hai Sarker and Md Bazlur Rahman, directors of FBCCI, Abdus Salam Murshedy, Abul Kasem Khan, Fazlul Hoque, AK Azad, Nagibul Islam Dipu, Najmul Hoque, R Mowdud Khan, Abdus Salam, Nazrul Islam Mazumder, Mustafa Jabbar, Qaiyum Reza Chowdhury, Abdul Muktadir, Mej Gen (Retd) Amjad Khan Chowdhury, Muhammad Aziz Khan, Morshed Alam, Luna Shamsuddoha, Eng SM Kamaluddin, Sahab Sattar, KMN Manjurul Hoque, Rizvi ul Kabir, Ayesha Aziz Khandker, Shayan F Rahman, Ahsanul Islam, S Rumi Saifullah, Monowar Moin, Mahabubur Rahman, Kazi Khurram Ahmed, Intekhab Mahmud, Md Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), Md Siddiqur Rahman, KM Zaman (Romel), Reaz-Bin-Mahmood (Sumon), Arshad Jamal (Dipu), Mohammad Nasir, Badal Roy, Directors of BGMEA, MS Shekil Chowdhury, Md Shariar Alam, MP and Tanveer Imam.
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