Bangladesh looks to expand apparel exports to Poland
A worker at a garments industry of Bangladesh. Photo: ILO
Bangladesh is looking to expand the market of its main export item – apparel – to Poland as part of efforts to increase business in the European region.
Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen urged Poland to increase apparel imports from Bangladesh for the benefit of the people of both countries.
He made the call at a meeting with First Deputy Minister of Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski when the latter called at the minister’s office on February 6, 2019.
In addition to apparel items, Bangladesh also urged Poland to import the country’s high quality and cheap medicine and other pharmaceutical products.
Bangladesh’s apparel exports to Poland took a big leap during the running fiscal. The first six months logged in almost five times more earnings than the entire 2017-18.
The deputy minister assured to convey the message to the appropriate authorities in Poland, said a press release of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Momen also invited the Polish investment in Bangladesh in the sector like- Energy, leather and footwear, agro-processing, food processing and packaging.
He also urged the Polish government to recruit Bangladeshi semi-skilled and skilled workers and professionals in the sectors like health care, construction, agriculture, industries and tourism to fulfill labour shortage in Poland.
He also asked to consider of easing visa issuance process for Bangladeshi businessmen, visitors and students. Putting emphasis on the cooperation in Blue Economy, the foreign minister suggested that the two countries may explore the possible areas of cooperation in the promising blue economy sector.
The Polish deputy minister noted the existing friendly relations between the two countries and stressed on enhancing cooperation particularly in the sectors including science and technology, industry, trade and commerce.
He stated that the Polish side is interested to sign MoU/Agreement on cooperation in those fields to strengthen the existing bilateral relations. He also informed the Polish government is ready to consider investment of US$ 1 billion in Bangladesh mainly in mining sectors including coal mining.
During fiscal 2017-18, Bangladesh exported apparel worth US $95 million to the central European country. Knitwear fetched US $59.5 million and woven fetched US $35.7 million.
During the first six months of fiscal 2018-19 (July-December), apparel exports to Poland amounted to US $502 million with knitwear logging in receipt worth US $315 million and woven fetching US $187 million.
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