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Bangladesh, Bhutan primarily agree on duty-free access of few goods

  • Published at 03:32 pm April 13th, 2019
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Bhutan sought access for 16 products and Bangladesh sought access for 10

Bangladesh and Bhutan have agreed, in principle, to work on duty- and quota-free access of a number of goods to each other's markets, for mutual benefits. 

The issue was discussed at the official bilateral meeting, held between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, on Saturday, reports UNB.

Bhutan sought duty- and quota-free access of 16 products and Bangladesh sought them for 10 items, Senior Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque briefed reporters after the meeting at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

"The prime minister has said she will consider giving duty- and quota-free access of all 16 goods to Bangladeshi markets," he said. "It can be expected it will happen."

The prime minister will negotiate the duty- and quota-free access of the 10 Bangladeshi products to Bhutanese markets, the senior foreign secretary added. "There were positive discussions on it at the meeting."

He added: "We can assume both sides have agreed on the subject - in principle. Now it has to be worked out at a technical level." 

At the hour-long official meeting, Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh team, while Dr Lotay Tshering the Bhutanese side.