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US trade show begins tomorrow

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:33, Feb 25,2020

 
 

US embassy charge d’affaires JoAnne Wagner addresses a press briefing held on the upcoming US Trade Show at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Tuesday. American Chamber of Commerce president Syed Ershad Ahmed, vicepresident Syed Mohammad Kamal and executive director Shahadat Hossen and AmCham exhibition committee convener Showkat Ali Sarkar were present on the occasion. — New Age photo

The three-day 27th annual US Trade Show will kick off Thursday in Dhaka where over 100 US brands will showcase their products and services.

The US embassy in Dhaka and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh will jointly arrange the exhibition the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in February 27-29.

US embassy charge d’affaires JoAnne Wagner on Tuesday said that the show would be helpful for the both countries in developing their trade and commerce partnerships as well as in understanding about each other’s economic potentials and opportunities.

US companies will showcase their high quality products and services, expertise and innovations at the exhibition which will help both countries to further expand their economic relations, she said at a press briefing held on the show at the exhibition venue. 

Replying to a question, Wagner said that the US was looking for more progress on workers’ rights, workplace safety and collective bargaining rights in Bangladesh as the both countries continued to discuss on reinstating the GSP status which was suspended for Bangladeshi products after Rana Plaza tragedy.

AmCham president Syed Ershad Ahmed said that 48 exhibitors representing over 100 US companies would display their products at 80 booths to be set up at the trade show.

This year, 11 new companies are taking part in the exhibition, he said.

The volume of trade between the two countries increased to over $9 billion in the last fiscal year 2018-2019 from $57 million in 1992 when the first edition of the show was arranged, he said.

AmCham exhibition committee convener Showkat Ali Sarkar said that four seminars on education in the US, doing business in the US and availing business visa to the country, USAID and facilitating trade and America’s Indo-Pacific economic vision would be held on the second and third days of the show.

The show will remain open for visitors on all three days from 10:00am to 8:00pm, he said.

AmCham vice-president Syed Mohammad Kamal and executive director Shahadat Hossen, among others, were present at the briefing.

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