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Overseas Trade: Bangladesh

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities), Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she had with her counterpart in the Bangladeshi Government on increasing trade between the UK and Bangladesh.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The department recognises and promotes the opportunities that Bangladesh presents to UK exporters.

My noble Friend Lord Ahmad, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia, spoke most recently at the reception to mark the launch of the first international Bangladesh Taka-denominated “Bangla” bonds on the London Stock Exchange, highlighting opportunities and benefits of furthering mutual work on UK-Bangladesh trade promotion.

Significant discussions on trade promotion are also held at the annual UK-Bangladesh Strategic Dialogue, most recently led by the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary MD Shahidul Haque and the Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon McDonald.

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