Mauritius looking to expand apparel trade with Bangladesh

BDApparelNews Desk
1 April 2019  

Bangladesh’s Minister for Textiles and Jute Golam Dastagir Gazi meeting the trade delegation of Mauritius on April 1, 2019. Photo: PID

Bangladesh’s Minister for Textiles and Jute Golam Dastagir Gazi meeting the trade delegation of Mauritius on April 1, 2019. Photo: PID

An east African country, Mauritius is seeking to expand apparel and textiles trade with the world’s second largest apparel sourcing destination Bangladesh.

A business delegation of the nation conveyed the message to Bangladesh’s Minister for Textiles and Jute, Golam Dastagir Gazi, at the latter’s ministry office on April 1, 2019.

The trade delegation of Mauritius included Francois Woo, managing director of compagnie Muricinne de Textile ltee, Mi Gilis Woo, country director for CMT Bangladesh, David Twoo, finance director for CMT Bangladesh, and Sanjay Churomoni, CMT’s Bangladesh director.

The trade delegation conveyed that the relationship between Mauritius and Bangladesh is etched in history and the country believes that Bangladesh is a close friend of Mauritius.

They underlined that bilateral business relations are growing stronger day by day with increasing trade between the two countries. They expressed interest in expanding this relationship further with increased business in the apparel and textiles sector.

Minister Dastagir welcomed the initiative and said that Bangladesh is working full steam to achieve its target of US $50 billion exports from the apparel and textiles sector by 2021.

It is to be noted that Bangladesh fetched US $1.7 million from apparel exports to Mauritius during the fiscal 2017-18, according to data from Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau.

Further analysis into the data shows that apparel exports to Mauritius is monopolised by the knitwear products. During 2017-18, knitwear items fetched US $1.7 million while woven items fetched about US $141,000.