The Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Bangladesh mission at Netherlands held a virtual discussion last Thursday regarding investment opportunities for Dutch businesses in Chattogram.
According to a press release issued by CCCI on Sunday, the President of CCCI, Mahbubul Alam, held discussions with the Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, Riaz Hamidullah.
Deputy Chief and Minister-Political at the Brussels mission, Fayaz Murshid Kazi; Chamber Directors, AKM Akhter Hossain, SM Abu Tayyab, Anjan Shekhar Das, Benazir Chowdhury Nishan, Md Abdul Mannan Sohail, Syed Mohammad Tanvir and Sakif Ahmed Salam; Bangladeshi businessmen based in the Netherlands, Ashraful Huda and Liton; Chamber Secretary in-Charge, Engineer Mohammad Farooq, and CEO of Bangladesh Center of Excellence, Md Wasfi Tamim also participated in the meeting.
CCCI President Mahbubul Alam said the Netherlands is a global leader in agriculture and food processing. He further went on to say that the Chattogram Chamber has excellent relations with the Embassy of Netherlands in Bangladesh.
He placed emphasis on attracting investment in 100 economic zones currently under implementation, citing the geographical advantages of Chattogram, including the Mirsarai Economic Zone. The Chattogram Chamber provided assurances of its full cooperation.
Investors and traders conducting business with the Netherlands may use the chamber as their platform on any Chattogram-related issue.
The Chamber President proposed the formation of a working group for investors and businessmen from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to address relevant issues to ensure the facilities required.
Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah said Dutch businessmen are willing to invest in knowledge-based industries such as innovation, methodological and procedural development, technology, creative financing projects, etc.
They are keen to accelerate the progress of industrialization through modern solutions. Dutch investors want to invest in technical fields, especially involving small but complex systemic development, ICT, industrial component manufacturing, etc.
The Ambassador also said that it is necessary to bring changes in our presentation to attract investment. In this case, specific proposals need to be developed for joint investment and support.
He added that the Dutch want reliable business partners. They are very sensitive about the importance of law enforcement in protecting investment and intellectual property in Bangladesh.
During the discussion, a documentary showing the activities of Bangladesh Center of Excellence was screened by its CEO, Md Wasfi Tamim.
A discussion was also held on formulating a trade intelligence platform for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.