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Bangladesh eyes Guinea Bissau as new export destination

Bangladesh has shown interest to boost exports, including readymade garments, to the West African country Guinea Bissau. The South Asian emerging country is looking to boost relations with Guinea Bissau to explore trade potential.

Bangladesh has requested the West Africa country of Guinea Bissau to, reportedly, consider accrediting a non-resident Ambassador to the country (Bangladesh) for continuing a regular contact both ways to help increase relations between the two countries.

Figure: Bangladesh Ambassador to Portugal, Tarik Ahsan, on 27 April presented his credentials to the President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo.

According to media reports, Bangladesh has further maintained that the trade between the two countries was not up to the aptitudes. And suggested that the West African country can import quality goods at affordable prices from Bangladesh, such as apparel items along with ICT products, pharmaceuticals, bicycles, motorcycles, ceramics, etc.

Even as the Bangladesh Ambassador to Portugal, Tarik Ahsan, on 27 April presented his credentials to the President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo in the capital city Bissau as the non-resident Ambassador to that country with residence in Lisbon.

Citing Bangladesh’s success in grassroots level development, Tarik Ahsan viewed that, in a spirit of South-South cooperation, Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau can cooperate and exchange best practices, particularly in rural development and agriculture.

He attached importance to working together at multilateral fora on the common issue of climate change.

The reports further added that not only Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo expressed willingness to concurrently accredit a non-resident Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Bangladesh but also showed keen interest in expanding cooperation with Bangladesh, particularly in the proposed areas of trade and capacity building even as he suggested that the Foreign Ministers of the two countries remains in contact for promoting the cooperation.

President warmly welcomed the Ambassador to Guinea Bissau and congratulated him on being the first Bangladesh Ambassador to present credentials in his country.

The President expressed his belief that bonds of friendship between Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau would be further strengthened in the days to come.

He assured the Ambassador of all cooperation and support during his tenure as Ambassador to Guinea Bissau.

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