Monday, 24 January, 2022

Govt signs MoU to facilitate import, export of agri goods

The Ministry of Commerce and the United States Department of Agriculture funded Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the processes for importing and exporting foods and agricultural goods.

Md. Hafizur Rahman, Director-General (Additional Secretary), WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce, and Michael J Parr, Country Director Land O'Lakes Venture37 and Project Director, Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective agencies, said a press release, reports BSS.

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh was present at the signing ceremony as the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Tapan thanked the US government for responding to the government of Bangladesh's request to WTO to assist the government agencies and private sector in addressing the challenges in trade facilitation.

He applauded the comprehensiveness of the offered technical assistance and expected that the assistance for regulatory reform, laboratory testing service improvement and automation, increased transparency in trade information, and managing perishable food and agricultural goods would result in a facilitated trade environment in Bangladesh.

The Commerce Secretary, however, emphasized the effective implementation of project activities by counterpart agencies and expected that this project would help Bangladesh accumulate strength to address any challenges after graduation from LDC status in 2026.

Scott Brandon, Chief Political and Economic Counselor, US Embassy in Bangladesh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce (export wing) Md Hafizur Rahman, Fuad M Khalid Hossen, Deputy Chief of Party, USDA Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project, senior officials from the Ministry of Commerce, and managers and technical experts from the Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project were also present to witness the MoU signing ceremony.