Export earnings till May top USD 30 billion : Minister

20 Jun,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Bangladesh earned $ 30.66 billion as of May of the current fiscal year through export, said Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed in Parliament on Monday.

Responding to a tabled question from Nizam Uddin Hazari (Feni-2), Tofail said this earning was 8.95 percent higher than that of the corresponding period last fiscal year (2014-15) when Bangladesh fetched $ 31.20 billion from export earnings.

In response to another question from Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh (Munshiganj-1), the minister said Bangladesh is now enjoying duty- and quota-free export to 28 countries of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Turkey, Canada, Russia, Belarus, South Korea, China, India, Saarc member countries, Thailand and Malaysia.

Replying to a question from Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4), Tofail said the steps to fulfill the criteria for attaining duty- and quota-free facility from the USA are on. "Bangladesh hopes that the steps that have been taken by the government will reflect appropriately and logically on future US decisions."

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