A record 47-member business delegation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's entourage left Dhaka for Delhi yesterday.
The team will talk trade and regional connectivity to widen business scope among Saarc nations.
Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed, chairman of Standard Bank Limited, is leading the high profile team that includes leaders of different trade bodies.
Persuasion for Delhi's duty concession on exports and more market access for Bangladesh products will top the delegation's itinerary, according to a press statement from the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
"The Bangladesh business leaders will also discuss trade imbalance, tariff and non-tariff barrier issues, sharing of power, present strict visa regime, investment problems, land port upgradation, certification and standardisation problems," said the statement.
Bilateral trade expansion and enforcement of the pact for free trade in South Asia, or Safta are other areas the Bangladesh business team is eyeing a progress in. The itinerary includes meeting the leaders of Indian apex trade bodies like Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Indian Industry and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
The business team includes Tipu Munshi MP, former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Abdul Matlub Ahmed, president of India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Abdul Hai Sarker, president of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, Abdus Salam Murshedy, President of BGMEA, Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), 2nd Vice President, BGMEA , Md. Siddiqur Rahman, Vice President (Finance), BGMEA , Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P., K.M. Zaman (Romel), Former Vice President (Finance), BGMEA , Reaz-Bin-Mahmood (Sumon), Director, BGMEA , Arshad Jamal (Dipu), Director, BGMEA , Mohammed Nasir, Director, BGMEA, Badal Roy, Director, BGMEA , Abul Kasem Khan, president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fazlul Hoque, president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, A K Azad, former president of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries, Nazrul Islam Mazumder, president of Bangladesh Association of Banks, Mustafa Jabbar, a renowned information technology specialist, and Amjad Khan Chowdhury, chief executive officer of PRAN-RFL Group.