An information-sharing meeting on B2B Support Program for private sector was jointly organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and DCCI at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry on January 14. The meeting was presided over by DCCI President Md. Sabur Khan. Charge d’ Affaires of Embassy of the Netherlands Carel Richter and President of Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce Shahzada Hamid were present.
Shahzada Hamid invited the Dutch entrepreneurs to come forward to diversify the products of our SMEs as the micro, small and medium enterprise play a significant role in the development of the economy. Senior Project Officer of Private Sector Investment Program (PSI), Asia, NL EVD Barry Brouns presented the keynote paper. He highlighted different aspects of the PSI. He said, PSI is in operation in 62 countries including Bangladesh.
Md. Sabur Khan said, the bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Netherlands is not at a satisfactory level. In order to enhance bilateral trade between these two friendly countries, we need to diversify our exportable products and develop non-familiar products, he said. He urged the Dutch entrepreneurs to import RMG, ceramics, jute and jute goods, leather and leather goods, plastic goods and pharmaceuticals from Bangladesh.
The DCCI President also underscored the importance of infrastructure development of Bangladesh for rapid economic development. He said, the Bangladesh government has liberalized its industrial and investment policies in recent years by reducing regulatory requirements and opening up many areas. He invited the Dutch investors to invest in Bangladesh utilizing these facilities. Carel Richter said, the bilateral trade volume between Bangladesh and Netherlands is growing. He informed that the Netherlands’ investors created about 30,000 jobs in Bangladesh by investing US$200 million in 2012. He said, Bangladesh has immense potentials in terms of investment and the Dutch entrepreneurs are keen to invest more in Bangladesh.