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Dhaka for enhanced trade ties with Beijing

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11 October 2021

Business Desk:

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Sunday laid emphasis on enhancing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China, especially boosting the trade relations, in the days to come.

"There's no doubt that China is a great friend of Bangladesh and they play a big role in our development efforts," he said.

The Commerce Minister was addressing the "BCCCI-ERF Best Reporting Award on Bilateral Relationship between Bangladesh and China" as the chief guest held at the ERF auditorium in the city.

Bangladesh China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI) and the Economic Reporters' Forum (ERF) jointly hosted the event where Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming spoke virtually as special guest.

BCCCI President Gazi Golam Murtoza chaired the event while its secretary general Md Shahjahan Mridha Benu and ERF general secretary SM Rashidul Islam delivered the welcome remarks. ERF President Sharmeen Rinvy also spoke.

BCCCI joint secretary general Al Mamun Mridha moderated the function and informed that they would continue to sponsor the award programme in the future and also would provide fellowships to ERF members.

Mentioning that trade and commerce in recent times play a very significant role in global politics, the Commerce Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always directs the Bangladesh missions abroad to put priority on enhancing trade and commerce relations with different countries and thus boosting exports.

Tipu said China is the largest supplier of machineries and goods to Bangladesh while it is also Bangladesh's largest trade partner.

He also cited there could have been a difficult time for the Bangladeshi RMG sector had there been no material coming from China in due time during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Commerce Minister said Bangladesh enjoys almost half of its global financial relationship with China and it really means a lot for the country.

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