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‘Improved connectivity to boost BD-India trade’

Published : Friday, 12 October, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 59
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Improved connectivity between Bangladesh and India will enhance bilateral trade between the two countries, said a top official of a India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IBCCI) in New Delhi.
Improved connectivity between the two countries will help a lot in developing trade further, Jahangir Bin Alam, Secretary and CEO of the Dhaka-based IBCCI said while visiting Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) office in the Indian capital.
The recent thrust to rebuild those waterways and develop new routes to ease connectivity will not only be in the interest of bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh, but will also help Indian mainland to connect better with its own North Eastern States, he added.
CEO, IBCCI said that trade growth depends on the developmental progress of Bangladesh.
He further said that Bangladesh is growing and hence trade is increasing with India and the rest of the world.
India being an immediate neighbour with whom Bangladesh not only shares a long border but also culture, traditions and language will be looking towards India to import the items it needs, he said, according to India media.
There is immense scope for increasing Food & Beverages (F&B) exports from India to Bangladesh, the official said
Presently, Bangladesh's total import of F&B from the world is $5016.4 million, out of which India is 5th in ranking with exports worth $332.4 million.
Bangladesh currently sources 17.2 % of its F&B requirements from Brazil, followed by Indonesia (12.1%), Canada (9.7%), Argentina (9.1%) and India (6.6%).

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