Chile keen to promote Bangladesh's export
Chilean Ambassador to India and Bangladesh Cristian Barros yesterday said his country is interested to promote Bangladesh's export, as Chile is a highly prospective market for apparels.
Barros spoke at a meeting with the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) at the BGMEA office in the capital, the association said in a statement.
The envoy said Chile has the highest per capita income in Latin America and is a highly potential market for Bangladesh-made products.
The envoy stressed the need for a free trade arrangement between Bangladesh and Chile and assured of providing support in this regard.
BGMEA representatives at the meeting sought initiatives to open a Chilean consular office in Dhaka so that businessmen and entrepreneurs could obtain visas to visit Chile for business purpose.
They also sought appointment of an honorary consul for Bangladesh in Chile to act as a link between institutions and businesses in the two countries, and thus help develop cooperation.
In 2011-12, Bangladesh exported $16.93 million worth of readymade garments.
M Siddiqur Rahman, acting BGMEA president; Faruque Hassan, vice president; Rodrigo Gallardo, commercial counsellor for the Chilean embassy; and Asif A Chowdhury, honorary consul for Chile in Bangladesh, were also present.