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‘Govt working relentlessly to promote trade, business’



Rangpur Live: Officials of the Ministry of Commerce at a meeting here have said the present government has been working relentlessly to promote international trade and business for economic advancement of the nation.

They disclosed the information at the views-sharing meeting organised by Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at its auditorium in the city with Additional Secretary (FTA) of the Ministry of Commerce on Thursday night.

With RCCI President Abul Kashem in the chair, Members of RCCI Executive Committee and Board of Directors, leaders of Rangpur Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, businesspersons and industrialists, exporters and importers participated in the meeting.

Additional Secretary (Free Trade Area- FTA Wing) of the Ministry of Commerce Md Shafikul Islam and its Joint Secretary Md Badrul Hassan Babul attended the meeting as the chief and special guests respectively.

General Secretary of District Flour Mill Owners’ Association Alhaj Moyen Uddin, noted exporter Alhaj Mogreb Ali, former RCCI President Mostafa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu, its Senior Vice-president Mostafa Ahmed and Vice-president Mozammel Haque Dambel, importer Mesbahul Haque, President of Rangpur Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Anwara Ferdousi Poly, addressed, among others.

The local businesspersons and industrialists discussed about the
prevailing prospects and problems being faced by them in the international trade and commerce with Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) countries and Myanmar.

They urged for removing tariff and non-tariff barriers for exporting Bangladeshi goods to India, upgrading the Land Ports at Burimari, Banglabandha, Bangasonahat, Moghalhat and Chilahati to full-fledged Land ports like Benapole for expanding trade and commerce with the BBIN counties.

They also requested the Ministry of Commerce for formulating time- befitting policies for consumers’ product services, sales and marketing, establishing a special economic zone at Rangpur and continuation of providing 20 per cent cash incentives on potato export.

In reply, the chief guest said the present government through the Ministry Commerce had taken massive programmes for infrastructural development, modernisation, expansion and up-gradation of all 23 Land Ports of different dimensions in the country.

“The people of Rangpur region will start to enjoy the benefits within the next 5 to 7 years,” he said adding that the Ministry of Commerce would take effective steps to resolve the prevailing problems and issues in the export and import sectors.

Dhaka, 25 Feb, ( //AM


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