Nepali Ambassador exchange views with CCCI President
President of Chattogram Chamber alongwith other Directors seen with the visiting Nepali Ambassadar in Bangladesh at WTO office in the port on Monday.
Chattogram Bureau :
The Ambassador of Nepal in Bangladesh Banshidar Mishra expressed his gratitude to the Government of Bangladesh for supplying 50,000 metric tons of urea fertilizer, allowing Nepal to use Chattogram and Mongla ports for import-export business and allowing the use of Syedpur Airport to increase air connectivity.
He expressed this gratitude during an exchange of views with Mahbubul Alam, President of The Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the World Trade Center on Monday evening. At the time, the director of the chamber Ahid Siraj Chowdhury (Swapan), Anjan Shekhar Das, Md. Abdul Mannan Sohail, Tajmeem Mostafa Chowdhury and Sakif Ahmed Salam, Secretary to the Ambassador Riya Setri and officials of the Chamber Secretariat were present.
Ambassador Dr. Banshidhar Mishra said that the relations between Bangladesh and Nepal are very deep and friendly. In terms of development, Nepal has achieved 7.1 percent growth near Bangladesh before the Covid epidemic. Although there was a lot of potential for trade between the two countries, it was not possible to take advantage of it.
The Ambassador envisages long term road map, increase in number of flights by air, development of road and, rail connectivity through Chilmari, transport of goods through river Padma of Bangladesh through river Ganges of India, export of hydropower to Bangladesh during monsoon season and similar import of power from Bangladesh in winter season.
He said that the import of vegetables and fruits, produced in Nepal during the summer by Bangladesh would bring about a landmark change in bilateral trade. He also said that business people could benefit by investing in the opportunities provided by both the governments by emphasizing on increasing people-to-people communication, cooperation in agriculture and technology.
Chamber President Mahbubul Alam highlighted the activities of Chattogram Port, various initiatives of the Chamber and the long history of Bangladesh's relations with Nepal. He hoped that the signing of a possible PTA in February would play a significant role in the import-export trade between the two countries.
However, to achieve the desired progress, the Chamber President sought the Ambassador's personal initiative to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, simplify the administrative process, increase access to border facilities, improve all types of communication, increase cooperation in the power sector and attract Nepali investment in Mirsarai Economic Zone. Chamber Director Anjan Shekhar Das urged Nepali tourists on religious tourism and a trip to Cox's Bazar, the world's longest beach.
Chamber Director Sakif Ahmed Salam expects Nepali investment. After the exchange of views, the Ambassador visited the Permanent Exhibition Hall of the World Trade Center in the port city.