Countries growingly engaging with BD for stronger economic ties: Shahriar

03 Jan,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Bangladesh’s foreign friends are now ‘growingly’ engaging with Bangladesh with a special focus on building economic relations which will be broader and deeper in the current year as more countries will get into the trade relations fold.

“This is a fantastic position for Bangladesh,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told UNB on Tuesday adding that Bangladesh is now gradually becoming trade-dependent country instead of aid-dependent ones.

He said once Bangladesh used to maintain relations with foreign countries to keep its exports unhurt and now many countries are coming here willingly and want to get engaged in trade with Bangladesh.

“They’re putting emphasis on economic relationship with Bangladesh but I don’t want to specify any country as the numbers are many,” he added.

Responding to a question Shahriar said Bangladesh will focus on exploring new export markets instead of looking for trade privileges. “It’s a new area of work for our missions abroad.”

Despite challenges, he said, Bangladesh’s export remained unhurt and credit goes to joint efforts.

Describing 2016 as one of the most successful years in maintaining Bangladesh’s relations with the external world, the State Minister acknowledged that the July 1 terrorist attack emerged as a big challenge.

“However, within a span of six months in the same calendar year we could overcome the challenge and restore confidence among all,” he said.

Shahriar said the countries which issued travel alerts have softened their alerts and the number of incoming visits has increased significantly.

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