Bangladesh expects Indian commerce minister to be in Dhaka in June

Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to visit Bangladesh in June to discuss promotion of bilateral trade and commerce.

Published : 18 April 2018, 04:19 PM
Updated : 18 April 2018, 04:19 PM

Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu

High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on Prabhu on Wednesday at his office in New Delhi to convey an invitation from Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed.

Prabhu accepted the invitation saying he would like to make the visit in June, the high commission said in a statement.

He expressed his satisfaction at the growing level of trade and commerce between India and Bangladesh. But, he said, there is much to improve.

Prabhu showed keen interest in travelling through rural areas of Bangladesh during the visit to see for himself the government’s poverty-reduction programmes and development activities. He also is in charge of the aviation ministry.

The bilateral trade has almost tripled in the last 10 years from $2.75 billion in 2008-09 to $7.52 billion in 2016-17.  Bangladesh is India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia.