Planning Minister MA Mannan yesterday said the market access that the developed countries offer to nations like Bangladesh should continue for mutual benefit.
“We hope that the market access which you’ve given to us offers a very profitable business trend and strategy for you...it should be allowed to continue for your benefit and for our benefit too,” he added.
The minister was speaking at an event titled “Graduation of LDCs, international support measures and leveraging implementation of sustainable development goals” on the sidelines of the 75th annual session of UNESCAP in Bangkok, according to a message received here.
With the minister in the chair, Economic Relations Division Joint Secretary M Anwar Hossain presented the keynote at the event while UNESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Bangladesh Ambassador to Bangkok Md Nazmul Quaunine were present, among others.
Hoping that all human beings would live in a civilised and fair way in the world, the minister said: “We want fair trade and deals for everyone and this is the call of time...so these international support measures should continue.”
Mentioning that Bangladesh would continue to work with UNESCAP in the coming days, Mannan said: “Asia is moving up and we’re also moving up. Let us put our hands together in Asia, in the North and in the West.”
Recognising the role of the expatriate Bangladeshi workers, he said about 11 million Bangladeshis work in different countries and are contributing greatly to the economy.
The minister said Bangladesh has done fairly well over the last few years thanks to the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.