Bashundhara MD for more Indian investment in Bangladesh
Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir on Monday called upon Indian businessmen to invest more in Bangladesh to reduce the trade gap between the two neighbouring countries.
He made the call while exchanging views with Indian business leaders at the office of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi in the afternoon.
The Bashundhara Group managing director is now in New Delhi on a weeklong visit of a Bangladesh media owners’ delegation hosted by the Indian government.
The other members of the delegation are Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, editor of Daily Observer, Matiur Rahman, editor and publisher of Daily Prothom Alo, Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, Altamas Kabir, editor of Daily Sangbad, and Toufiq Imroz Khaledi, editor-in-chief of bdnews24.com.
Sayem Sobhan said Bangladesh has a huge trade deficit with the friendly neighbours and more Indian investment is needed to reduce it.
He urged the Indian side to remove different barriers, including tariff on the bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh, to boost trade relations.
Earlier, the Bangladeshi delegation had talks with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale at Taj Palace Hotel in the Indian capital in the morning.
During the talks, Sayem urged the Indian foreign secretary to resolve the outstanding issues, including Teesta water sharing, to enhance confidence of Bangladeshis in India.
He also urged India to play a leading role in finding a solution to the prolonged Rohingya crisis.
In a reply, the Indian foreign secretary said his country believes that the issues need urgent solution.
“My country is trying to resolve the issues, including Teesta water sharing,” he noted.
During the talks, Priya Raghunathan, joint secretary of the External Affairs Ministry of India, and spokesperson Raveesh Kumar accompanied the Indian foreign secretary.
After the talks, the Indian foreign secretary hosted a gala dinner in honour of owners of Bangladeshi media outlets.
Later, the Bangladesh team met the officials of the External Affairs Ministry of India and took stock of different aspects of the relations between Bangladesh and India.
The media delegation is scheduled to meet Rajnath Singh, Indian External Affairs Minister, and MJ Akbar, State Minister for External Affairs, on Tuesday.
The National Press Club of India will honour the Bangladesh delegation on the club premises in the evening.