Bangladesh-German Technical University in the offing
DHAKA, Oct 4 (BSS) – Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan today favoured setting up ‘Bangladesh-German Technical University’ to help improve the quality of country’s technical education.
Talking to reporters at his Secretariat office here over the outcome of his recent visit to the central European country, he said the idea was shared with the German State Minister for Foreign Affairs.
“Technical know-how is the biggest strength of Germany. I think Bangladesh-German Technical University should be set up to improve the quality of technical education in Bangladesh,” he added.
The commerce minister had a visit to Germany to attend the show ‘Branding Bangladesh,’ organized by Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI).
Khan said Germany wants to take a strong position on cultural side and that is why Bangladesh needs German cooperation in the field of technical education.
He said Bangladesh sought German support to help improve the capacity of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and technical centres in leather industry.
German leading businesspeople have expressed their keen interest to invest more in Bangladesh’s shipbuilding, IT, pharma, garments, jute and leather goods and frozen foods, he added.
Referring to the discussion with chiefs of different businesses including HUGO BOSS and MULTILINE in Germany, Khan said these businesses are importing garments worth 30 billion US dollar.
So, he said, there is a huge scope for increasing Bangladesh’s garments export to Germany.
“I have urged the German businesspeople to invest in Bangladesh especially in sectors of high-end products where Bangladesh is not investing,” he said.
During the visit, the commerce minister met leaders of Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce to scoop out their business opportunities in Bangladesh.
Khan said Bangladesh got order of exporting 30 ships to Germany and of them six high quality and most modern ships have already been exported to the country and more four vessels to be exported by this yearend.
Terming the visit as successful, he said different issues related to Dhaka-Berlin trade and commerce came up during the meetings.
The commerce minister visited German cities — Berlin, Frankfort, Homburg and Dosseldorf and met State Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Economy and Technology there.
Bangladesh exports knit and woven garments, home textile, jute and jute goods, leather goods and frozen foods and medicines to Germany.
Bangladesh exported goods worth US$3438.70 million to Germany during 2011-12 fiscal against its import of US$691.30m during the period.