‘India offers opportunity for Bangladeshi food products’

Dhaka, Jul 8 (FN Bureau) Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami has said India’s vast consumer market offers enormous opportunities for quality food products from Bangladesh as linkages between two neighbouring countries’ trade bodies are crucial in this regard. He also emphasised the importance of finalising reciprocal arrangements regarding food safety standards and rapid upgradation of logistics to enhance such trade. The envoy emphasized that the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which is under active discussion of both the governments, will be a game changer for bilateral trade partnership.

Doraiswami was addressing a virtual conference over India-Bangladesh Trade Fair on Agri Products on Wednesday night, said a statement issued by Indian High Commission here Thursday. The Indian high commissioner also highlighted Duty-Free Quota Free market access to Bangladesh products under SAFTA since 2011. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in association with Bangladesh Fresh Fruits Importers Association and India Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized the event, focusing on India–Bangladesh trade agricultural and processed food products. The meet brought together key stakeholders from respective trade bodies and governments on a common platform for strengthening strategic cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the agri food sector. During the conference, an e-Catalogue for the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet was released followed by Virtual Trade Fair B2B meeting and interaction between exporters and importers. More than 200 businesses organisations from both the countries participated in the event.