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Staff Correspondent
The government has urged India to withdraw anti-dumping duty, imposed by the latter, on the export of jute goods, and also to remove complications in the export of edible oil.
India has agreed to open 4 more border haats on the Bangladesh-India frontier, said Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Thursday.
The minister made the statement while briefing newsmen after a call-on meeting with a visiting Indian delegation, led by Indian Food and Public Distribution Secretary, Rabikranta at the secretariat. ” There are some complications in importing sugar from India under SAFTA, and we have to pay 40 percent duty to import sugar from India, so our TCB is going to sign an MoU with STC of India on November 2, aiming to mitigate the complications”, the minister added.

He said, Bangladesh imports a huge quantity of raw materials from India for its export-oriented products, so importing much more from India is not harmful for Bangladesh.

He said, India is a trusted friend of Bangladesh, and though the trade gap between the two countries is still wide, India is providing us trade facilities in all products except for alcohol, aiming at narrowing the gap.

” In the last FY, we exported goods worth $ 873.27 million to India while we imported goods worth $ 8619.40 million, now both the countries are interested to enhance the trade volume. Established edible oil exporting companies of Bangladesh are exporting edible oil to India with the permission of the Commerce Ministry”, Tofail added.
To a query on the political dialogue, Tofail said, extensive discussion will take place in the dialogue, but decision will be as per the Constitution.
He said, ‘Oikkya Front’ leaders wanted to discuss 7-point demand and 11-point objective during the dialogue, but they were informed that everything will be according to the Constitution.
The minister mentioned that they are now aiming to complete the process for a free, fair and neutral national election, and although the Election Commission is responsible in this regard, the government helps the EC, and there is no problem at present.
Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Shubhashish Bose, Director, Food and Public Distribution of India, Director, Agriculture Product Export Division, and other concerned senior officials were present during the call-on meeting.