The US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) has
showed its confidence to create new opportunities for US companies in
Bangladesh while launching US-Bangladesh Business Council on Tuesday
focusing to strengthen the bilateral commercial partnership between
the two nations.
“The United States is one of Bangladesh’s most important trading
partners, and over the past decade we’ve seen an impressive growth
trajectory that we are confident will create new opportunities for US
companies,” USCC’s executive vice president and head of international
affairs Myron Brilliant said.
He made the remarks at the launching ceremony of US-Bangladesh
Business Council formed to serve as a platform for American businesses
to engage both governments and promote opportunities for business to
drive mutually beneficial economic growth, a press release said here.
Myron said launching of the US-Bangladesh Business Council reflects
the US Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to advance efforts to deepen
trade and investment ties between the two countries.
“We believe the Council will serve as the premier bridge between
business and government leaders in both countries,” he said.
US Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for South Asia Nisha
Biswal will lead the U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council.
Biswal, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for South and
Central Asian Affairs under President Barack Obama, said Bangladesh
has seen tremendous growth and so too has its partnership with the
United States under the leadership of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh
“The US-Bangladesh business Council will work to strengthen trade
and investment between our two countries, promote transparency,
inclusion and market-based reforms so that we can ensure that the
coming decades continue to build prosperity and opportunity for the
people of Bangladesh,” he said.
The Council will be guided by a newly constituted US-Bangladesh
Business Council Board of Directors that includes Vice President
(Business Development) of Chevron Jay R. Pryor, Senior Vice President
of MetLife Elena Butarova, Public Policy Director of APAC Emerging
Countries, Facebook, Rafael Frankel, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Excelerate Energy Steven Kobos, Senior Vice President of
Global Government Engagement, Visa Ambassador Demetrios Marantis,
President of General Electric South Asia Mahesh Palashikar and Head of
South Asia of US Soybean Export Council Kevin Roepke.
The Council was launched with featured inaugural remarks of Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina, as well as special addresses by Prime
Minister’s ICT Affairs Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Commerce Minister
Tipu Munshi, US Department of State Senior Official for Economic
Growth, Energy and the Environment Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, US
Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Bangladesh Ambassador to US M
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)