The Bangladesh-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI) arranged a farewell discussion on Saturday for the newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, according to a press release.
Representatives of the leading business houses of Germany namely Siemens, Linde, Tchibo, Kuehne+Nagel, AMANN, and leading Bangladesh RMG exporters to Germany were also present at the event that took place at the Hotel Westin in the capital.
"Germany is the second largest export destination of Bangladesh RMG, Leather Goods and Home Textiles. Last year over US$5 billion was exported to Germany. The import to Bangladesh was over US$1 billion from Germany - mainly heavy machinery and industrial chemicals," reads the statement.
BGCCI President Omar Sadat thanked all the participants and presented the profile of BGCCI.
He also mentioned that BGCCI is organising a visit of a business delegation to Germany early next year and also planning to hold a German Trade Fair in May 2021.
President Sadat sought Ambassador Mosharraf's support to make the visit useful and productive, and to invite German companies to participate in the trade fair, it adds.
He also said that there was vast potential to diversify and increase export to Germany despite the present pandemic.
The Foreign Ministry Director General (DG) Europe, in his remarks, mentioned that Germany is one of the important destinations for Bangladeshi products, the press release reads.
"Germany's political commitment is encouraging. The country is providing financial and food assistance to Rohingyas," he said, according to the statement.
He also emphasised on developing a strategic relationship with Germany.
Ambassador Mosharraf informed the business representatives that he would work on improving and strengthening trade and commercial ties with Germany.
"The visit of the business delegation from BGCCI will be useful to interact with counterparts and various chambers in Germany," he said.
He also said that he had had a productive meeting recently with the German Ambassador in Bangladesh, and the German Embassy was working to forge a better business relationship with Bangladesh, adds the statement.a