Envoy decries Bangladesh low trade with Nigeria
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria, Md. Shameem Ahsan has expressed concern over the declining volume of trade between his country and Nigeria.
He spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Abuja Bureau of The Guardian, in company of his third Secretary, Mohammad Shah E. Hoque.
Ahsan stressed the need for both countries to put measures in place to reverse the ugly trend.
He explained that the volume of trade between both countries, which had risen to about $21million, took downward trend in the past three years and currently stands at $8 million.
Acknowledging that both countries are endowed with huge potentials waiting to be harnessed, particularly in the areas of agriculture, garment and pharmaceutical products, he pledged his countries commitment to sharing ideas to resuscitate the trade relations.
The envoy lamented the appalling level of fatalities due to recurring incidents of cholera epidemic in Nigeria, stressing that Bangladesh would be willing to provide the vaccine and technical expertise to stem the epidemic.
He solicited the support of The Guardian in bridging the existing gap between the countries, adding that the role of the media in projecting countries and their potentials cannot be undermined.
He also disclosed his country’s preparedness to participating in the International Arts and Crafts Expo holding in Abuja between November 17 and 24.
In his response, the Abuja Bureau Chief, Niyi Bello, commended the envoy for his passion for The Guardian.
He said the medium reputed as the flagship of Nigeria’s print media, has remained committed to the promotion of free enterprise, human rights protection and good governance in the country.
Bello urged the Bangladeshi authorities to extend its expertise in agriculture to free the oil rich Niger Delta region from environmental degradation, and turn it into a hub of agricultural activities.
He also canvassed the support of the envoy towards the revitalisation of the prostrate textile industries, which once provided employment opportunities to the teeming Nigerian population.
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