President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mahbubul Alam said that Turkey will participate in the upcoming Chittagong International Trade Fair as a partner country.
He made the remarks at an exchange meeting with a 13-member trade delegation of Turkey-Bangladesh Business Council held at Bangabandhu Conference Hall of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday.
Chamber Preaident said that although Turkey-Bangladesh bilateral trade is worth 1 1 billion, there is a lot of potential for growth in this area. The Government of Bangladesh is providing various benefits including tax holidays for foreign investment.
Chittagong is emerging as an ideal place for investment through infrastructure development. The port of Chittagong handles 92 percent of the country's exports and 85 percent of its imports. The government is working diligently to ensure one stop service in Mirsarai Economic Zone. Various countries including Japan and India are constructing special zones for investment in this industrial zone.
Therefore, Turkish entrepreneurs can take the opportunity to meet the domestic demand of Bangladesh, a country of 170 million people, as well as export to different countries of the world by setting up an industrial factory in Bangabandhu Industrial City. Meanwhile, the president of the chamber requested to launch Istanbul-Dhaka-Chittagong flight to increase communication in the private sector.
MS. Hulya Gedik, Chairperson of the Turkey-Bangladesh Business Council, said that the port city of Chittagong could play an important role not only for the economy of Bangladesh but also for the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Turkey can import products from Bangladesh that it does not produce on its own. He said that Turkish investors are interested in Bangladesh's infrastructure, renewable energy, ICT, steel, engineering, education and other sectors.
Honorary Consul General of Turkey Salahuddin Qasim Khan said Chittagong could play a supportive role as a regional hub for conducting Turkish trade and commerce in the huge market of three billion people from ASEAN countries to South Korea and Japan. He also requested for setting up of a help desk at the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry to focus on strategic partnership, education, health, renewable energy, agro-processing, increasing cooperation in ICT sector.
The meeting was attended by Chamber Directors AKM Akter Hossain, Zahirul Islam Chowdhury (Alamgir), Anjan Shekhar Das, Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun, Sajir Ahmed, Md. Iftekhar Faisal, SM Tahsin Jonaid, Mohammad Adnanul Islam, BSRM Chairman Ali Hussain Akbar Ali, South Africa Honorary Consul Chairman Solaiman Seth, Pedrolo Chairman Nader Khan, Chamber Former Director Mahfuzul Haque Shah and others.
, GPH Ispat Additional Managing Director Almas Shimul, Prantik Group MD Engineer Golam Sarwar, Western Marine Shipyard MD Captain Sohail Hossain, BKMEA Director Gazi Md. Shahidullah, REHAB Co-Chairman-2 Mahbub Sobhan Jalal Tanvir, GPH Ispat Media Advisor Osman Gani Chowdhury.