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Commerce secretary level meeting between Bangladesh, India held

The day-long commerce secretary level meeting

between Bangladesh and India was held today in the capital aiming to boost

bilateral trade, removing the existing trade barriers and thus expanding

economic cooperation.

Bangladesh commerce secretary Dr Md Jafar Uddin led the Bangladesh

delegation while Indian commerce and industries secretary Anup Wadhawan led

his respective part at the meeting held at Hotel Intercontinental, Dhaka.

The Bangladesh delegation comprised representatives from Ministries of

Foreign Affairs, Industries, Textiles and Jute, Shipping, Bangladesh Trade

and Tariff Commission, National Board of Revenue (NBR), BSTI, Roads and

Highways Division, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and the Ministry of

Commerce.

In their introductory speeches, both the Bangladesh commerce secretary and

Indian commerce and industries secretary discussed the existing friendly

relations between the two countries.

Talking to BSS, Jafar said the meeting was held in a congenial atmosphere.

He said Bangladesh raised strong demand before the Indian delegation to

withdraw the anti-dumping duty on some Bangladeshi products.

“In response, the Indian side expressed flexible mindset and gave hint of

reviewing the matter,” Jafar added.

The commerce secretary said Bangladesh also stressed the need for signing

the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India soon as

well as further strengthening the operations of BIMSTEC.

The agendas discussed in the meeting are reviewing the progress of the

decisions taken in the last commerce secretary level meeting between the two

countries held on January 15-16, 2020, held in New Delhi, reviewing the

progress of the 13th Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on trade between

Bangladesh and India.

The other agendas discussed in the meeting are removing the existing

tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)