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  23 Jun 2022, 18:01
Update : 23 Jun 2022, 18:21

"EU-Bangladesh Meaning Business" in the offing

DHAKA, June 23, 2022 (BSS0 - The "EU-Bangladesh Meaning Business", will be
held to forge closer collaboration between Bangladesh and the European Union
(EU).

The event, marking the diplomatic relations of Bangladesh with the EU, aims
to showcase commercial sectors which are underexplored and where closer
collaboration between Bangladesh and Europe could be mutually beneficial.

This was informed at a joint statement after the seventh EU-Bangladesh
Business Climate Dialogue held at a city hotel today.

The statement said that there would be establishment of a Eurocham-- a
European Union (EU) Chamber of Commerce-- in Bangladesh.

It aims to build bridges between the Bangladeshi and EU private sectors and
serve as a centre of excellence connecting Bangladeshi public and private
sectors with investors from Europe, to the benefit of smooth and sustained
business relations between Bangladesh and the EU.

It would also help to navigate Bangladesh's transition to post-EBA trade
regime in the EU.

The EU-Bangladesh Business Climate Dialogue held its seventh plenary meeting
since its creation in May 2016. The BCD aims to jointly facilitate trade and
investment from the EU, Bangladesh's number one trading partner and the
second largest source of FDI to Bangladesh.
 
Bangladesh's exports to the EU amounted to around €16 billion in 2021
calendar year, while the EU exports to Bangladesh were to the tune of €3
billion.

The plenary was co-chaired by the Senior Secretary of the Ministry of
Commerce Tapan Kanti Ghosh and by the EU Ambassador, Charles Whiteley. It was
attended by EU heads of diplomatic missions of Denmark, France, Germany,
Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.

Various government bodies including the Bangladesh Investment Development
Authority (BIDA), Ministry of Shipping, the National Board of Revenue (NBR)
and Bangladesh Bank participated at the dialogue as well as some
representatives from the EU private sector.

Both sides took stock of discussions in three priority fields-- Tax and
Customs, Shipping and logistics and Green business practices-- and agreed on
some steps.

Under the Tax and Customs, both sides agreed that a joint committee may be
constituted to examine the challenges and opportunities to simplify the
customs clearance process for both express and non-express air cargoes.

In the Shipping and logistics, it has been agreed to accelerate the removal
of idle containers from the Chittagong Port premises in order to increase
cargo-handling capacities and improve health and safety situations in the
Port which is the largest gateway for Bangladesh's trade with the EU.

In addition, approval would be issued for interchange of empty containers
between Dhaka rail and river terminals.

Bangladesh has agreed as suggested by the EU to launch a few months ago a
survey to assess the costs and benefits of up to 100 percent foreign direct
investment (FDI) in Bangladesh's logistics sector.

The "green business practices" is a new topic in the Business Climate
Dialogue, under which the EU side informs the government of Bangladesh about
the upcoming supply chain due diligence requirements in Europe and encourages
adaptive actions with a view to ensure smooth trade with the EU as the number
one market for Bangladeshi exports.

Finally, the heads of mission expressed their desire to continue working
constructively in improving trade and investment relations with Bangladesh.

The next plenary is scheduled for the first semester of 2023.

 

 

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