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JWC calls for new deal to extend duty-free market access in Canada

Published : 30 Jun 2022 10:04 PM

The Canada-Bangladesh joint working group on strengthening commercial relations has urged the government of Bangladesh to complete negotiations on a new agreement to continue duty-free access to Canadian market since the General Preferential Tariffs with Canada will expire in 2023. 

The committee came up with the call during the meeting virtually held on  Wednesday night. During the meeting, Canadian Co-Chair Nuzhat Tam-Zaman  recommended launching an annual Canada-Bangladesh Forum as a launching pad for the JWG.  

The recommendations from Canada include easier visa processing, electronic  visa for Bangladeshis, branding the development stories of Bangladesh to  Canadian investors and forming Canada Bangladesh cross border e-commerce  platform, said a press release Thursday.

 Co-chair of Bangladesh, FBCCI President Md. Jashim Uddin said, BIDA is  providing a number of services through One Stop Service platform as doing 

business in Bangladesh is easier now. 

Hence, the FBCCI Chief called the Canadian entrepreneurs to invest in  Bangladesh. "Agriculture and Technology are the sectors with most potential," 

he informed. 

 Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada Dr. Khalilur Rahman informed that the 

Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh is working to ease the Canadian Visa processing for Bangladesh.

 President of Canada Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Masud Rahman suggested establishing a 100 acre Canadian industrial zone in Bangabandhu Industrial City to attract the Canadian investors. 

He proposed establishing Canadian Visa office in Dhaka, signing Investment  Promotion and Protection Agreements, FTA and forming a consultative committee  in a report submitted in the meeting. 

 Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Lilly Nicholls suggested identifying  the obstacles for Canadian companies to invest in Bangladesh.

Directors of FBCCI Syed Sadat Almas Kabir, Md. Saiful Islam, President of  Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) Chris Dekker, Secretary 

General of South Asia of Canada Global Affairs David Hartman, Additional  Secretary of Ministry of Commerce Abdur Rahim Khan and President of 

Bangladesh Plastic Association Shamim Ahmed also spoke at the meeting.