Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) President Rizwan Rahman urged the Iranian investors to import more jute and jute goods from Bangladesh.
The DCCI president made the call at an interactive bilateral meeting with Ambassador of Iran in Dhaka Mansour Chavoshi at DCCI Gulshan Centre in the city, said a press release on Tuesday.
He said Bangladesh and Iran are members of Developing-8 (D-8) and both countries can prioritize to increase intra D-8 trade and promote stronger cooperation to implement the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) among the member countries of the Developing-8 (D-8) encompassing trade, industry, agriculture, technology, science, communications and aviation.
He also urged for exploring the possibilities of direct shipping services between Chittagong or Mongla port and Iran's Chabahar Port.
He suggested forming a joint business forum engaging leading chambers of Bangladesh and Iran to facilitate bilateral commercial partnership and ensure greater engagement of private sector.
He requested Iran's importers to import RMG, jute and jute goods, light engineering products, leather goods, tea, pharmaceuticals, ceramic, agro-processed food, electronics goods etc. from Bangladesh.
He also stressed on organizing sector specific dialogues, B2B Meetings and exchanging delegations for trade development.
The bilateral trade volume is not satisfactory, but there is huge scope to enhance the trade through different potential sectors, he added.
He said both the countries may work together in the agriculture sector.
Moreover, he said, chamber to chamber relation is more important for boosting trade.
"When we will have more transactions in terms of trade and commerce in future, then a joint business council may be established," he proposed.
DCCI Vice President Monowar Hossain was also present during the meeting.