Iran, Rwanda keen to import Bangladesh RMG
Rwanda and Iran are keen to import readymade garment products from Bangladesh, stated a recent media report quoting the respective Ambassadors of the two countries in Bangladesh.
The Rwandan Non-Resident Ambassador to Bangladesh,
Ernest Rwamucyo, during a recent meeting with
Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed in Dhaka, reportedly expressed his country’s keen interest to import readymade garments from Bangladesh, besides jute products and pharmaceuticals.
“Bangladesh is moving forward by achieving remarkable success in creating demand for apparel products in the world market,” reportedly underlined Ernest during his meeting with Ahmed. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Bangladesh Commerce Minister said that the business communities of the two countries should come forward to take necessary steps, adding that his Government will provide all the support to aid this process. Meanwhile, Iran, the powerhouse of the Middle East, is also reportedly keen to import apparel products from Bangladesh. This move would further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries, based on the fundamentals of mutual benefit. Iranian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr Abbas Vaezi voiced Iran’s interest during his interaction with reporters in Dhaka.
According to a Bangladesh business analyst, Iran – a longtime jute producer and importer from Bangladesh, could well become a potential market for Bangladeshi apparels. Although, there are some hindrances in this development including high tariff and duty rates that Iran levies on the import of Bangladeshi garments, the Ambassador vowed to cut down the rates in an effort to open the Iranian apparel market for Bangladesh.
“We know that Bangladesh is the second largest RMG exporter of the world. Iran is mulling to import garments from Bangladesh directly to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two friendly nations,” Abbas said.
It may be mentioned here that Bangladesh has actively been focusing on diversifying markets, especially the non-traditional and emerging ones, of late.