Kigali 7th August, 2012- A Bangladesh delegation of seven senior officials led by Hon. Minister of Textiles and Jute, Abdul Latif Siddique , starts a three day visit in Rwanda with aim to discuss and explore ways of strengthening bilateral trade and Investment cooperation between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Republic of Rwanda.
On their arrival, the delegation accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba has toured stands in the ongoing 2012 Rwanda International Trade Fair after a short meeting with the CEO of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation.
The delegation has also visited UTEXRWA, the Rwandan Industry producing finished fabrics, garments and made-ups. Speaking to the press after the visit, the Minister Abdul Latif Siddique noted that Bangladesh and Rwanda are countries with common aspect of having achieved tremendous progress in human and economic development. “Textile industry sector is the main focused area of cooperation between Rwanda and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh”, He added
The Minister François Kanimba emphasized that Rwanda follows with keen interest this impressive performance of the Bangladesh Textiles and Garment Industry. “It is in this regard that the visit of Honorable Minister of Textiles and Jute of Bangladesh, Mr. Abdul Latif Siddique is a great opportunity to create economic and social opportunities in terms of making Rwanda as a hub to distribute Bangladesh products in the region (East African Community). In other words, Rwanda could be a re-export zone for Bangladesh products in the region”, He said.
Bangladesh is the second exporter of textile worldwide after China and the industrial sector in Bangladesh is dominated by cotton textiles, jute garments, tea processing, paper newsprint, cement, chemical engineering and sugar.
The delegation has already met CEO RDB and has also toured various places so as to identify various areas of investments in Rwanda, the Kigali Free Trade Zone and Gahaya Links among others.