GDP growth in Bangladesh increasing steadily: Riva

RANGPUR Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Mrs

Riva Ganguly Das has said Bangladesh is doing well in economic development

maintaining its steadily increasing gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

Construction of 12 hi-tech parks in Bangladesh will be completed in

next four years, with the assistance of 193 million US dollars from the

Government of India, to provide training to youths to produce 30,000 skilled

IT workforces, she said.

Riva disclosed the information at a business meeting organised by

Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) with Members of its Board of

Directors and traders at RCCI Board Room on Thursday night as chief guest.

Presides over by RCCI President Mostofa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu, Assistant

High Commissioner of India stationed at Rajshahi Sanjeev Kumar Bhati attended

the event as special guest.

Senior Vice-president of RCCI Mostoba Hossain Ripon, former Vice-

president of FBCCI and Managing Director of Motahar Group of Industries

Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu, importers and exporters Moyen Uddin and Golam

Rabbani Zulfi, spoke.

The speakers stressed on eliminating prevailing barriers to reduce trade

deficit between the two countries and increase road, sky and railway

connectivity for boosting trade and commerce of Bangladesh with the seven

eastern states of India.

They opined for developing infrastructures, eliminating non-tariff

barriers, reducing delay in testing of food products and keeping Indian

customs offices open from 7 am to 7 pm to enhance bi-lateral trade and

commerce between the two countries.

They called upon the Indian envoy to take initiative for conversion of

Burimari and Banglabandha Land Ports into full-fledged ports for accelerating

import-export trade of Rangpur Division.

RCCI President Titu said the people of Bangladesh will always remember

contribution of India to the War of Liberation with gratefulness forever.

India is a development partner of Bangladesh, Tiu said seeking cooperation

of the Indian envoy in removing various barriers to increase exports of

Bangladeshi products to India for reducing the huge trade deficit against

imports from India.

He urged the Indian industrialists for joint or single investments in

setting up economic zones in the backward Rangpur division by availing

advantages and incentives, including tax concession, of the Government of

Bangladesh.

The Indian envoy assured of taking initiatives to gradually resolve

prevailing problems of traders in bilateral import-export trade and suggested

for frequent business-to-business meets and diversification of Bangladeshi

products to increase export to India.

Later, a colourful cultural function followed by dinner reception was

arranged in honour of the visiting Indian High Commissioner at RCCI

auditorium.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)