Commerce minister Tipu Munshi on Wednesday urged Thailand to ease the visa process for Bangladeshi nationals.
‘Huge number of Bangladeshis visit Thailand on regular basis for different purposes and the numbers are increasing day by day, however, they have to face complexities due to time consuming visa process so Thailand should ease their visa facility,’ he added.
The minister was addressing the opening ceremony of a four-day ‘Top Thai Brands-2019’ in a city hotel as chief guest.
Tipu Munshi said that the existing bilateral relation between the two countries was being strengthened day by day, but the trade deficit was still against Bangladesh.
He said that Bangladesh was offering various policy supports to the foreign investors and it had improved a lot for doing business. ‘If the Thai businessmen invest in Bangladesh, the trade deficit would narrow further,’ he added.
BIDA chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam and royal Thai Embassy minister-counsellor Kraichok Arunpairojkul also spoke on the occasion.
Aminul Islam said that Bangladesh was fully prepared for foreign investors.
Both Bangladesh and Thailand would contribute to the development of each other if they work as partners, he opined.
Recently, Thai company Siam Siam International and Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to invest $50 crore to Naf National Tourism Park.
Kraichok Arunpairojkul said that the Thai government was giving priority for the development of economic relation with Bangladesh through expanding bilateral trade.
A total of 76 organisations are showcasing their products in the trade show which includes healthcare, cosmetics, food, spa, stationeries, domestic appliances, fruits, textiles, fabric, handbags, confectionaries.
The fair will remain open for all from 10am to 8pm till March 30.
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