State Minister for Commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu said Bangladesh is interested in exporting medicines, bi-cycles to Canada as part of its move to diversify export products to boost export earnings.
Minister told this in a discussion while Canadian High Commissioner Dr. Lilly Nicholls, Iranian Ambassador Mansour Chavoshi and Nepalese Ambassador Ghanshyam Bhandari met him at his ministry on Monday.
The envoys of Canada, Iran and Nepal separately met him.
During the meeting with Canadian High Commissioner Dr. Lilly Nicholls, Minister of State for Commerce Ahsanul Islam said, "The Prime Minister has given instructions for the expansion of new exportable products and new export markets of Bangladesh. A significant portion of Bangladesh's export earnings comes from the garment sector. Bangladesh is interested in exporting medicines, bi-cycles.
Praising the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Canadian High Commissioner said that Canada and Bangladesh have a long-standing friendly relationship.
He expressed interest in exporting canola oil from Canada, also said Canada has special demand for non-perishable products such as fruit juice, dry fruit etc.
During the meeting with Iranian envoy, State Minister for Commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu mentioning that financial transactions become a problem if we want to have commercial relations with Iran, he urged the Iranian ambassador to talk to the Central Bank of Bangladesh to ease the matter.
Later, in another meeting the State Minister for Commerce with Ambassador of Nepal Ghanshyam Bhandari expressed interest in expanding trade between Bangladesh and Nepal, and he called for a preferential trade agreement between the two countries.