Argentina is planning to reopen its Embassy in Bangladesh
Peoples Time Desk
A meeting with Argentinian delegation led by H.E. Claudio Rozencwaig Undersecretary of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of Argentina today at Pan Pacific Dhaka.
H.E. Claudio Rozencwaig said that Argentina is willing to enhance commercial ties with Bangladesh. The country is thinking about reopening its Embassy in Bangladesh to establish stronger economic and political ties. In spite of enormous potential, the presence of Bangladesh in South America is very limited. The governments of both countires can facilitate establishment of institutional partnership between the private sectors of the countries to enhance the trade engagements. We can sign a Memorundam of Understanding between FBCCI and its counterpart organization in Bangladesh.
He also sought the support of Argentina to expedite the process of signing FTA between Bamgladesh and the MERCOSUR, the Southern Common Market comprising Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The region is equipped with significant dynamic markets and they can source quality products from Bangladesh including processed food, pharmaceuticals, plastic, ceramic, RMG etc at competitive price. We encourage the investors of Argentina to invest in the Economic Zones of Bangladesh.
H.E. Hugo Gobbi, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives suggested signing of a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Bangladesh and MERCOSUR. He added that FTA negotiations can take a long time whereas PTA can be signed in a short time identiying some potential items with quick impacts. MERCOSUR a PTA with India.
Mr. Franco Agustín Senilliani Melchior
Head of Economic and Trade Section
Embassy of the Argentine Republic in India said textiles is a major import item of Argentina which the country sources from other Asian countries. Bangladesh should also consider the country as a potential market for textile and plastic items.
Mr. Mariano Beheran, Agricultural attaché
Embassy of the Argentine Republic in India cited that agriculture system in both countries are very different. Argentina can provide agriculture technology and know-how support including seed technology to increase Bangladesh capability in the sector. He also suggested that Bangladesh can import cotton, milk powder,garlic and meat from Argentina.
H.E. Claudio Rozencwaig invited FBCCI to lead a business delegation to Argentina to attend business to business meetings on potential sectors.
Mr. Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury Secretary (West), Mr. Nayem Uddin Ahmed, Director General (Americas), Mr. Tarique Mahmud Pasha, Assistant Secretary (Americas) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangladesh also joined the meeting.
They proposed collaboration in renewable energy between Bangladesh and Argentina as Argentina develops its own small and modular reactor technology which is a safer mode of generating clean energy.