Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Monday requested Thai embassy in Dhaka to ease visa procedures for the Bangladeshis planning to visit Thailand for tourism, medical and business purposes.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 17th Thailand Week in Bangladesh at a city hotel, Tofail hoped that the bilateral trade of Bangladesh and Thailand would reach two billion US dollar by 2021.
The department of international trade promotion, commerce ministry, the Thai government and the Thai embassy jointly organised the four-day trade show at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
The commerce minister appreciated the Thai government for awarding Bangladesh with duty-free access of around seven thousand products in Thailand.
‘But the products actually Bangladesh can export are not enjoying the duty-free access,’ Tofail said.
Thai ambassador in Dhaka Panpimon Suwannapongse said her government was quite optimistic about achieving the targets set by the 4th Thai-Bangladesh Joint Trade Commission meeting held last year.
Citing the arrangement of the Thai Week, she said such events created opportunities for both Thai and Bangladeshi firms to identify business partners in the Bangladeshi market.
Thai Trade Centre of Dhaka’s minister counsellor (commercial) Suebsak Bangboonrueng also addressed the event that started with a Thai cultural presentation.
This year, 45 companies from Thailand and 27 Bangladeshi companies that import Thai products or represent Thai companies participated in the trade show.
Thai products including auto parts, industrial equipment, tropical fresh fruit, food, beverage, decorative items, stationary, garment products, jewellery, among others, were on the displays of the show.
The show would be open for all from 11:00am to 9:00pm till Thursday.
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