FBCCI, BCC keen to improve Bangladesh-India B2B relations

Both the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of

Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) and the Bharat Chamber of Commerce (BCC) are

keen to strengthen Business to Business (B2B) relations and commercial

activities between Bangladesh and India.

The leaders of FBCCI and BCC had a discussion regarding this during a meeting

held today at the FBCCI office in the capital.

The visiting delegation of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce (BCC) was led by

its president NG Khaitan, said a press release here.

Speaking on the occasion, FBCCI President Md Jashim Uddin said: "ASEAN, North

American countries, and other alliances have made significant progress by

strengthening regional trade. But, SAARC countries are still lagging behind.

The G2G (Government to Government) relationship between Bangladesh-India has

come a long way and getting stronger day by day. Now we have to take more

initiative to strengthen the relationship between B2B (Business to


Jashim said: "Bangladesh has now emphasized on Agro mechanization and Food

Processing. As India is one of the leading countries in the Agro Machinery

manufacturing sector, Indian Agro Machinery manufacturers should set up

factories in Bangladesh to grab the market."

BCC President Khaitan praised Bangladesh's development and said that India

has always been a friendly country to Bangladesh.

He said, "We share the same culture and language, so there is a huge market

for us to work on. The connectivity with the people of west Bengal and with

the people of Bangladesh, should only not be based on trade, commerce, and

industry, but also there should be more facilities where people should come

and visit Bangladesh and India respectively."

As for Indian people, Khaitan said they want to come and enjoy Bangladesh,

Bangladeshi Culture, fish, sea beaches, etc. "Same thing we want from

Bangladeshi people. We want them to visit our places, the Himalayas, and so


"The 21st century belongs to Africa and the Asia Pacific region. So, we have

to connect ourselves more and more. We can do that by interacting more," he


The BCC President also said that Bangladesh is very strong in garments,

Cement, and other industries while just like Bangladesh, India is also a

self-sustained and self-sufficient country.

"When both neighbors are self-sustained and self-sufficient, why shouldn't we

interact more? Why shouldn't we have more connection with each other?" he


FBCCI Vice-President M A Momen, Md. Amin Helaly, Director Priti Chakraborty,

President of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) and FBCCI Director Anwar

Ul Alam Chowdhury, Senior Vice-President of BCC Naresh Pachisia were present,

among others, at the meeting.

After the courtesy meeting, a B2B meeting was held between businessmen of

both countries. The FBCCI organised the B2B meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha