From left: head of the BBCCL Roy Suhash, the Bangladesh ambassador Ismat Jahan, Greig Annie, and Sabrina Sagramola on Wednesday
Photo: Steve Eastwood
International networking: Trade delegation from Bangladesh visits Luxembourg during Benelux tour and makes way for new opportunities.
A number of opportunities emerged on Wednesday when a trade delegation from Bangladesh, led by president of the Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hassan Khaled, visited Luxembourg during a weeklong Benelux tour. “Your coming here to promote Bangladesh’s products and services is of utmost importance and there are opportunities in Luxembourg that are good for us,” Ismat Jahan, the Bangladesh ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU, told delegates.
The Bangladesh delegation was furthermore introduced to different aspects of Luxembourg’s business sphere through representatives from the EIB, Luxembourg Employers Association (UEL), Cluster for Logistics and BGL BNP Paribas, among others.
Sabrina Sagramola, head of European and Greater Region affairs at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, was also present and invited the Bangladesh delegation to the next edition of the B2fair and GR Business Days, which will take place in Luxembourg 15 and 16 June 2016.
Gateway to Europe, gateway to Asia
The matchmaking event made room for a good deal of networking, as future opportunities were discussed in a relaxed atmosphere. “Our business delegates were excited to discover the benefits Luxembourg can offer to Bangladesh business community. Since Luxembourg is located at the heart of Europe it can be a strategic location to cater the European market,” said Monwar Hossain, the dynamic CEO and co-founder of CerebralLink, who was part of the delegation. “I personally felt a warm welcome from the business community here, especially for a start up company like CerebralLink involved in the ICT sector.”
Before heading back to next day’s press conference in The Hague, the Bangladesh delegation visited the Luxembourg Freeport.
With its 160 million inhabitants and recent policy reforms designed to create a more open and competitive climate for private investment and joint ventures, Bangladesh is currently considered by foreign investors as being an attractive gateway to the so-called Asian Century. Which explains why the Benelux region is getting more and more involved: the Netherlands are already the third largest investor in Bangladesh.