Speakers at the inaugural session of the 35th CEO meeting of the Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) on Wednesday highlighted on enhancing cooperation among the ATF member countries for economic growth through technical cooperation and human resources development.
The three-day meeting, orgnaised by the Export promotion Bureau (EPB) Banglades under the Ministrrrrrrrry of Commece, is taking place at the Hotel Intercontinental, Dhaka.
Asian Trade Promotion Forum is a 23 member forum, established in 1987 and the EPB Bangladesh joined the forum in 1990.
Other member countries of the forum include Australia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore India, Japan, Srilanka, Pakistan, Malaysia etc.
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) discharges the responsibility of ATPF Secretariat. The CEO meeting of the forum takes place every year in separate member countries.
Chief executives and heads of export trade development organizations of the member states join the meeting.
The 35th meeting, held in Bangladesh, were joined by 26 representatives from the 12 member countries including host country Bangladesh.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi formally inaugurated the meeting in a ceremony on Wednesday with Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Tapan Kanti Ghosh and FBCCI President Jashim Uddin were present as special guest. While addressing, Tipu Munshi said about four billion people live in the Asia Pacific region. The Asian Trade Promotion Forum can play an important role in the economic development of the region. Tipu informed that under the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the work of establishing 100 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in important places of the country is progressing rapidly. "Bangladesh is progressing rapidly. The development of Bangladesh is now visible," he added.
Vice Chairman of EPB as head of TPO AHM Ahsan chaired the meeting as host while JETRO Chairman Nobuhiko Sasaki was the co-chair.
The theme of this year’s ATPF-CEO meeting is “Challenges and Way forward of the TPO’s in the New Trade Age”. Bangladesh as the host country has presented keynote paper, highlighting to widen the ground of trade development cooperation among the states. JETRO made a thematic presentation on “Transformed Human Resources Development” in the meeting which shed light on identifying avenues of cooperation.