Bangladesh Ambassador meets US Congressmen
17 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin has met with Congressman Eliot Engle and Congressman Daniel Donovan in the US capital Washington DC and discussed a wide range of Bangladesh-US bilateral ties and multifaceted cooperation.
The issues that came up during the separate meetings held in the Capitol Hill include Dhaka’s fight against religious extremism and restoration of GSP facility for Bangladesh, an official handout said here today.
The Ambassador said present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed “zero tolerance” against all forms of extremism and terrorism.
Bangladesh under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working closely with the USA, neighbors and other friendly countries to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Bangladesh and beyond, he added.
On bilateral trade, the Ambassador apprised of the Congress members that Bangladesh does not enjoy any trade preference from the US government while the US Preferential treatments given to its trans-pacific partners shall undermine the competitiveness of Bangladeshi products in the American market.
He said Bangladeshi apparels are subjected to high tariff in the USA as opposed to zero tariffs to almost all other developed countries in the world. This predicts a dire consequence for the export of Bangladeshi RMG to the US with devastating impact on Bangladesh’s apparel industry, women empowerment, poverty alleviation and above all, the country’s war against extremism and terrorism.
To strengthen Bangladesh’s ongoing fight against religious extremism, the Ambassador said, the US government should restore the GSP facility and grant duty-free access of Bangladeshi products, particularly RMG, to the US market.
Taking careful note of the deliberations by the Ambassador, high profile Democrat Congressman Eliot Engle, who is a Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that his door is always open for the Ambassador to discuss any issue of mutual interests.
Earlier, Congressman Daniel Donovan, who is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, thanked the Ambassador for the briefing on Bangladesh.