Commerce Ministry signs MoU to facilitate import, export of agricultural goods
DHAKA, Nov 18, 2021 (BSS) –
The Ministry of Commerce and the United States
Department of Agriculture funded Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project today
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the processes for
importing and exporting foods and agricultural goods.
Md. Hafizur Rahman, Director-General (Additional Secretary), WTO Cell,
Ministry of Commerce, and Michael J Parr, Country Director Land O’Lakes
Venture37 and Project Director, Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project, signed
the MoU on behalf of their respective agencies, said a press release.
Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh was present at the signing ceremony
as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Tapan thanked the US government for responding
to the government of Bangladesh’s request to WTO to assist the government
agencies and private sector in addressing the challenges in trade
He applauded the comprehensiveness of the offered technical assistance and
expected that the assistance for regulatory reform, laboratory testing
service improvement and automation, increased transparency in trade
information, and managing perishable food and agricultural goods would result
in a facilitated trade environment in Bangladesh.
The Commerce Secretary, however, emphasized the effective implementation of
project activities by counterpart agencies and expected that this project
would help Bangladesh accumulate strength to address any challenges after
graduation from LDC status in 2026.
Scott Brandon, Chief Political and Economic Counselor, US Embassy in
Bangladesh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce (export wing) Md
Hafizur Rahman, Fuad M Khalid Hossen, Deputy Chief of Party, USDA Bangladesh
Trade Facilitation Project, senior officials from the Ministry of Commerce,
and managers and technical experts from the Bangladesh Trade Facilitation
Project were also present to witness the MoU signing ceremony.