British minister of state for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field on Sunday said his country would continue offering the trade facilities Bangladesh is enjoying now in the United Kingdom even after Brexit.
Brexit is an abbreviation for ‘British exit’, referring to the UK’s decision in a June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the European Union.
‘Level of negotiation will be broadened with Bangladesh after Brexit,’ Mark said at a press briefing after a meeting with Bangladesh commerce minister Tofail Ahmed at the secretariat in Dhaka.
He hoped the bilateral trade and investment would increase in the coming days as the political relations between the two countries are good.
Mark visited a number of readymade garment factories in Bangladesh and expressed his satisfaction over the environment-friendly initiatives taken by bussinesses saying that Bangladesh’s RMG sector was moving up.
He also visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and said that a long-term plan was needed to ensure a safe and voluntary repatriation of Rohingya people.
Tofail said they discussed bilateral trade relations, duty-free market access, coming national elections and Rohingya issue.
‘The UK minister said they want to see the next elections participatory and we also want participatory elections,’ the commerce minister said.
He said that bilateral trade and investment issues were discussed and hopefully Bangladesh would enjoy duty-free market access in the UK even after Brexit.
Tofail also hoped that the trade relations between the two countries would strengthen after Brexit.
Commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose and acting British high commissioner Kanbar Hussein Bor were present, among others, in the meeting.
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