To discuss opportunities on trade and investment between Bangladesh and South Africa, the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) recently took part in a cloud conference titled, ‘Bilateral Trade and Investment Opportunities in the Ongoing Global Pandemic and Beyond’ alongside the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI).
FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim, FBCCI Vice President Siddiqur Rahman, DCCI President Nigel Ward and CEO of DCCI Palesa Phili addressed the cloud conference discussing collaboration to boost both economies in a post- pandemic world, said a press release.
Thanking the Durban Chamber for its cooperation, Sheikh Fazle Fahim stated, “This year marks the 100th birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Today’s program commemorates his legacy and is a part of our ongoing international engagements with 129 globally strategic partner organizations in 51 countries.”
Highlighting the bilateral trade in FY 2019-20 that amounted for US$24 million between the two nations he underlined prospects that the two apex trade bodies can pursue together in Pharma, ICT, FMCG, home appliances, while also proposing to improve the banking, shipping and communication channels to complement trade growth.
Highlighting FBCCI’s advocacies in its continuous engagements in complement to the government’s response he said, “As we navigate the next normal, we are confident in our economy as it is demonstrating strong recovery trend with GDP growth and remittance growth and FOREX reserve growth. We successfully solicited targeted roadmap to recovery in a broad spectrum of socio-economic agenda through proactive advocacies with both our national and international stakeholders.”
Highlighting Bangladesh’s success and development even during an unprecedented pandemic Fahim further stated, “Comparing compliant markets and transitioning economies like Bangladesh’s ROI makes us an attractive destination with IP protection in place for technology transfer. South African investors can tap into Bangladesh’s production competitive edge, domestic consumer base and regional market access that are Duty Free Quota Free (DFQF) to India, China, EU, Canada, Australia, APTA, etc.”
“Utilizing on incentives we are also keen in exploring bilateral value chain initiative through joint ventures in mining, electronics, automobile and motorbike industry component manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries and blue economy cooperation, service cooperation in shipping, tourism, higher learning, and finance,” he added.
Underscoring the importance of two-way investment and access to markets the President of DCCI said, “At the Durban Chamber, we have the capacity and the willingness to connect our members to the members of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). I look forward to our two organizations reigniting our MOA to reflect few but concrete and achievable projects that will make a real and mutual difference for our members.”
Specifying a few sectors of interest, the CEO of DCCI stated, “Facilitating international business for our members is one of the core mandates of the Durban Chamber and we are glad to see the opportunities that exist for our members in Bangladesh in to facilitating some concrete business matchmaking going forward.
Going forward, it will be important for the technical trade and investment teams from DCCI and FBCCI to collaborate and rebuild a more robust and practical agreement between us,” she added.
Thanking the participants of the cloud conference, the Vice President of FBCCI said, “As we move ahead in recovering our economy, we look forward to closely work with our South-African counterpart and the DCCI in strengthening our economic ties.”
The President of FBCCI further assured of reverting back to DCCI on how they can engage together on a concrete manner in areas of shipbuilding, automobile industry, chemical and ocean economy.
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