Published:  12:20 AM, 12 September 2017

Georgia a prospective RMG market for BD

Georgia a prospective RMG market for BD Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Md Siddiqur Rahman speaking in a program at BGMEA office in the city's Karwan Bazar yesterday. -AA

European country Georgia could turn out as a huge market for the country's readymade garment (RMG) products, hoped leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). They made the statement after meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani who made a courtesy call on the RMG leaders at BGMEA office in the city's Karwan Bazar yesterday.

High officials of BGMEA and government officials of Georgia, who were on the first day of a two-day visit to Bangladesh, took part at the meeting.   President of BGMEA Md Siddiqur Rahman said, "They have interest in garments and RMG industries of Bangladesh. We want to expand our market in the European market through Georgia as the country in terms of its geographical position is very important for communicating with the European Union countries."

They were also interested to provide technical support in power sector and invited businesses relates agriculture and medicine to visit Georgia, he added.  Mentioning that Georgia provides duty-free access to Bangladeshi products, the BGMEA president has also said Bangladesh's export to Georgia currently stands at nearly one million dollar, which might be expanded further after this visit.

In the meeting, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister has termed their visit as a historic moment. He has said Bangladesh is the top RMG exporter in South Asia and as a member of the European Union, Georgia can offer huge opportunity for Bangladesh to invest in the country in this sector.

He has also said Bangladeshi businessmen can explore the medicine and agriculture sectors too as there are demands for these products in Georgia. 

Ambassador of Georgia to Bangladesh Archil Dzuliashvili said, "We will be able to strengthen our relationship through business which will play a vital role in bilateral business. Bangladesh can also enrich itself with the experience of Georgia as we are in a better position in Doing Business index." 

In the beginning of the program, a documentary was presented on garment industry in Bangladesh. After that, the BGMEA president made a presentation on the role of RMG sector in Bangladesh.

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