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Hamid for tapping Bangla-Lanka trade potential
Mentioning that Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have huge potential of bilateral trade and investment, President Abdul Hamid on Friday stressed the need for utilising that for mutual benefits.
"If we can explore the trade and investment of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka taking joint initiatives, both the countries will be benefited," the President said when his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena met him at Bangabhaban in the evening.
Hamid said there is good potential for the export of ceramics, vegetables, plastic and pharmaceutical products, electronic items, footwear, iron and steel from Bangladesh and both the countries may look into the possibility of widening the spectrum of tradable goods.
Welcoming Sirisena and his entourage, the President said Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have longstanding and historical relations and hoped that the both countries will continue their traditionally close cooperation for strengthening the socioeconomic development and emancipation of the people of the South Asian region.
He said the two countries as members of various regional and international organisations, including Saarc and Bimstec, share a commonality of views on many issues of mutual concern in all these forums.