Dutch entrepreneurs opt for enhanced trade with Dhaka


Dutch entrepreneurs opt for enhanced trade with Dhaka
FBCCI wants direct links with Netherlands agency

Inge Sloekers, programme manager, CBI, Netherlands called on Ahmed Jamal, acting president of the FBCCI on Tuesday. Sun Photo

Staff Correspondent

Netherlands entrepreneurs seek more cooperation from Bangladeshi business community to explore trade potentialities between the countries.

Inge Sloekers, the leader of a visiting Netherlands CBI delegation, told this at a meeting with Ahmed Jamal, acting president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) at the FBCCI Bhaban yesterday.

Inge Sloekers, Promramme Manger of CBI, an agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Netherlands, is leading the delegation in Bangladesh.

Minke of CBI, Linda, an official of Dutch Embassy and Najmul Huq, director of FBCCI, Shahabuddin Mohammad, secretary general, Enamul Hauq, secretary (Int) and Manjur Ahmed, advisor of FBCCI were present.

FBCCI acting-president said: “Bangladesh economy is growing gradually and its products namely leather, jute, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, RMG; home textiles are being exported in most of the countries including EU with good reputation.”

He expected that the trade between the countries would increase further in future. He also urged CBI to import high-end products in her country and make a direct link between CBI and FBCCI, he added.

Inge Slokers said: “CBI will do her best to resolve the hindrance in doing business between the countries. CBI wants more cooperation from FBCCI in terms of trade and investment.”

Najmul Huq assured her to provide utmost cooperation from the apex trade body and proposes to sign a Common Agreement and MoU so that both countries may expedite trade promotion.

Shahabuddin Mohammad gave a short description on how FBCCI and CBI can jointly accelerate business and resolve the trade barriers and make a good link up in government and private levels of both countries. He also proposed for establishing a knowledge centre, e-Business, facilitate training and information exchange.

In a query of Minke about Bangladesh’s capability to enter EU market specially of SMEs products Manjur Ahmedtold the delegation that individually the Bangladesh firm is not highly efficient but collectively they are capable to meet the EU market requirements.


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