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Bangladesh hopeful of France's support in its bid for GSP+ beyond 2029

Dhaka and Paris exchange views on connectivity, climate change, clean and green energy technology and aviation

Update : 03 Jan 2023, 10:01 PM

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam is optimistic that France will continue to support Bangladesh's bid for GSP+ beyond 2029 under the European Union's new GSP Regulation.

Bangladesh is widely considered a success story for the EU's Everything-but-Arms (EBA) scheme.

The EBA scheme removes tariffs and quotas for all imports of goods (except arms and ammunition), coming into the EU from least developed countries (LDCs).

The newly appointed ambassador of France to Bangladesh, Marie Masdupuy, met with the state minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday and discussed issues of mutual interests.

The French ambassador shared her impression that the aspiration for Bangladesh becoming a developed country by 2041 is very much evident.

The state minister congratulated Marie Masdupuy on her appointment as the ambassador of France to Bangladesh and expressed his optimism that during her tenure both countries can build on the excellent bilateral relations between the two counties, dating back to the Liberation War in 1971.

The state minister recounted the journey of Bangladesh from a development assistance recipient country to the second-largest economy in South Asia and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Both sides also exchanged views on connectivity, climate change, clean and green energy technology, aviation, etc, as well as the global food, energy, and financial challenges in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The state minister assured Marie Masdupuy of full support and cooperation during her tenure in Bangladesh.

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