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Will work for stronger bilateral trade: Dutch envoy

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Anne Van Leeuwen said he would work as a bridge between businesspeople of the two countries to boost bilateral trade.

“Bangladesh will need huge investment in near future for its Delta Plan,” he said while meeting with president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Rizwan Rahman at the latter’s office on Wednesday.

Anne Van Leeuwen said, “Netherlands is the second largest agricultural product exporters in the world and Bangladesh can take modern technology support from Netherlands to increase productivity and bring diversification in agro sector.”

He also said the Dutch investors had remained huge potentials for sustainable river dredging and water infrastructure development in Bangladesh.

DCCI president said, “The bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Netherlands is $1.23 billion where Bangladesh imports $138 million and exports $1.09 billion.”

 He said, “Netherlands is strong enough in agricultural sector and Bangladeshi entrepreneurs can get their technical know-how.” Referring to the contribution of agriculture sector to the GDP, Rizwan Rahman said, “Netherlands can invest in Bangladesh agriculture sector development.”

He said DCCI and Ministry of Commerce were going to jointly organise a week-long virtual International Summit, said a press release.

Styled as “Bangladesh Trade and Investment Summit”, the event will be held on October 26, 2021.

DCCI president urged the Netherlands investors and entrepreneurs to participate in the B2B (Business to Business) match making sessions and the summit as well.

DCCI senior vice-president N K A Mobin, FCS, and vice-president Monowar Hossain were also present at the meeting.