Protecting LDC interests urged
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said the current round of WTO negotiations must ensure the long awaiting duty-free quota-free market access for the least developed countries (LDCs).
The minister who had a meeting with Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organization, in Brussels yesterday stressed the need for an early outcome of the negotiations specifically addressing the concerns of the LDCs.
She also emphasised the special priority for the LDCs under trade in services negotiations, said a press release from Bangladesh mission in Geneva.
Bangladesh Ambassador in Geneva Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya was also present in the meeting.
Lamy lauded Bangladesh's active engagement in the WTO and leadership role in promoting the cause of the LDCs. He briefed the minister on the current status of negotiations. He viewed that Aid for Trade was a useful mechanism through which Bangladesh could develop its trade related capacities.
Later, Anders B. Johnsson, secretary general of Inter-Parliamentary Union called on the foreign minister at the Bangladesh Mission. They discussed the process of re-entry of Bangladesh to IPU following return of democracy in the country. The matter will be considered in the next IPU meeting in April.
Dipu Moni is visiting Geneva in connection with the Universal Periodic Review of Bangladesh at the UN Human Rights Council.