The government is working to increase its export Country’s export to Canada. Within next three years the export volume will be doubled there.
Commerce minister Tipu Munshi said, “Our current annual export earning to Canada is one billion Dollars. We want to increase it within the time. To do so, potentials of SME and female entrepreneurs should be utilized”.
“As Canada recently banned the use of plastic goods in its country, it may create scope for potentials. Because, the demand of the country’s jute goods as an alternative to plastic goods will increase in Canada”, he added.
Addressing a certificate giving programme, the minister hoped that scope to export of our jute goods will be further expanded in the days to come. Twenty-nine trade professionals have been awarded certificates for their role of developing capacity in trade and international market access support.
As part of a project titled ‘Export Launchpad Bangladesh’, an international trade capacity building and market access support programme in Bangladesh, certificates were given among the professionals, who have been selected from nine industry, bank, trade chamber and commercial institutions.
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), Trade Facilitation Office–Canada (TFO-Canada) and Business Promotion Council (BPC) gave the certificates.
The minister handed over the certificates among the high officials of the institutions at an event in the capital today (Saturday).
The awarded officials are from Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI), Business Promotion Council (BPC), Brac Bank, City Bank, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), SME Foundation (SMEF), Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh (WEAB), Women Entrepreneur Network for Development (WEND).
They were selected following a training programme from July to October this year. They will now act as trainers by providing advice and assistance to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) regarding expanding their trade and getting access to international markets.
Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to Canada Dr. Khalilur Rahman, Additional Secretaries of Ministry of Commerce AHM Shafiquzzaman and Vice Chairman Export Promotion Bureau AHM Ahsan among others also spoke at the event.