Commerce minister Tipu Munshi on Tuesday urged India to remove all tariff and non-tariff barriers to help Bangladesh increase its exports to the neighbouring country.
‘Bangladesh is India’s largest trade partner in the sub-continent. The trade volume of the two countries is increasing day by day. But Bangladesh can’t export to India as per its expectations due to the tariff and non-tariff barriers,’ he said.
The minister was speaking at the ‘Indo-Bangladesh Stakeholders Meeting’ at Guwahati of Assam in India, said a press release.
Tipu said that it was essential to simplify the trade rules and regulations of India, especially in the northeast part, to increase the export of Bangladeshi products.
He mentioned that Bangladesh had faced difficulties for the sudden decision taken by India to stop onion exports and Bangladesh could have kept its market stable by importing the product from alternative sources had it known about the decision earlier.
Chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, chief minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb and Bangladesh prime minister’s economic affairs adviser Moshiur Rahman attended the conference, among others.
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