Friday, November 24, 2017

Bangladesh ambassador in Washington asks for ‘fair’ trade deal with US

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-03-09 02:01:31 BdST


Bangladesh has once again sought a ‘fair’ trade deal from the United States.

This time Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin raised the issue when he met Congressman George Holding in Washington on Tuesday.

The Embassy in a statement said he discussed matters of mutual interest including women empowerment, counter-terrorism and duty-free quota-free (DFQF) market access.

The Republican Congressman from North Carolina, Holding is a member on the House Ways & Means Sub-Committee on Trade.

Ziauddin briefed him about the “sense of discrimination” that 14 countries out of 48 LDCs feel that they are not getting the DFQF access to US market unlike the other 34 Least Developed Countries that are enjoying such trade benefits.

He insisted that like the European Union, the US should also provide DFQF access to all the LDCs by “justice and fairness”.

He said the DFQF facility would help boost the volume of bilateral trade and to pull out of the vicious cycle of poverty and extremism by using its own resources.

The Congressman thanked the Ambassador for the meeting, the embassy said in a statement.

The Ambassador has been meeting the new leaders in the US and briefing them about Bangladesh after the new administration of Donald Trump took office in January.