During a meeting with Paul Dyck, vice president of Walmart, a US-based multinational retail corporation, at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on August 18, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said vaccinating workers was a top priority for the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Munshi led the Bangladesh delegation to the Magic Las Vegas 2021 trade show. The minister said the Bangladesh government and factory owners were working together to vaccinate garment workers, during a brief stopover in Washington DC to attend a trade roundtable hosted by McLarty Associates.
He spoke about the government’s efforts to ensure the safety of the workplace during the epidemic and the readiness of the factory. He added that they are optimistic that more than 60 percent of the population will be vaccinated by the next 6 months.
Dyck said that with the improvement of the Covid-19 situation in the United States, Walmart was now ready for further exploration and sourcing from abroad.
The minister also encouraged Walmart to buy clothing as well as leather goods, pharmaceuticals, light engineering items including bicycles, and plastic products from Bangladesh.
On the other hand, Syed Mahmudul Haque, Chairman, Bangladesh Shrimp, and Fish Foundation, highlighted the need for a brand of black tiger shrimp farming in Bangladesh as a premium crustacean in the US market.
He said this could be done by ensuring that modern production capabilities are in place also overseas markets’ food safety and traceability requirements are consistently met.
The foundation and the embassy announced working together to retain and enhance the market share of Bangladeshi tiger shrimp in the US.
During the meeting, Bangladesh Ambassador to the US M Shahidul Islam, Senior Adviser of McLarty, Associates Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Walmart Senior Director Sarah Thorn, and other ministry and embassy officials were present.