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Strengthening trade bonds between Wales and Bangladesh

Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce are visiting Bangladesh to develop new and improved business relationships between Wales and Bangladesh.

Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce (WBCC) is undertaking their third trade visit to Bangladesh to continue their efforts to strengthen trade ties with Bangladesh, and to highlight commercial opportunities presented by Welsh companies. The visit will build on the success of the visit in December 2016 of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Bangladesh Ms Rushanara Ali.

During their visit, WBCC will visit Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong and meet key Government officials and industry leaders in order to seek out the best business opportunities and to strengthen trade bonds. The delegation will highlight new companies that are the best in their sector to explore the potential to generate commercial gains for both nations and to help meet mutual prosperity goals. The delegation includes representatives from the University of South Wales (the largest university in Wales) and IJH Consulting who distribute UK manufactured compressors across Bangladesh.

Welcoming the delegation, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Ms Alison Blake said:

“I’m delighted that the Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce are visiting Bangladesh for the third time to build on the successes of their earlier missions, and to develop new and improved business relationships between Wales and Bangladesh. Their entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the commercial and cultural bonds between our two countries is a great example of Britain’s outward facing and global engagement.”

Mr Dilabor A Hussain, Chair and leader of Delegation said:

“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the longstanding partnership between Wales and Bangladesh. I hope our strategic vision may lead to beneficial business wins and the Wales Bangladesh Chamber will continue to support in building bridges for the commercial benefit of both countries.”

Notes to editors

This is the third visit to Bangladesh by the WBCC. Previous visits were in 2011 and 2015.

The UK has strong business interests in Bangladesh and remains the largest foreign investor. Over 240 British companies are registered in sectors including retail, banking, energy, infrastructure, consultancy and education with main centres of operation in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. The UK is also the third single largest destination for exports from Bangladesh.

UK Department of International Trade works with UK businesses of all sizes, providing advice, expertise and support to help with success in international markets.