Governor of Ranong Province of Thailand Mr. Suriyan Karnjanasilp expressed expectation to Businessmen of Bangladesh and Thailand to raise bilateral business by using both countries’ sea port in a Business Meeting between Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BTCCI) and the Delegation of the Thai Port Authority at the Dhaka Club Ltd on February 8, 2016 organized by BTCCI.
The 13 member high profile Thai delegation is visiting Bangladesh to explore feasibility of signing MoU for direct coastal shipping between Chittagong port of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal and Ranong Port of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, says a press release.
Mr. Sajjatuz Jumma, President of BTCCI welcomed the Delegation members and said that Bangladesh and Thailand have long-standing friendly relations as trusted and tested friend, even before the two countries established diplomatic ties on October 5, 1972.
President Jumma also said that Thailand is an advanced economy, and is recognized globally as a hub of the Asia-Pacific region due to its impressive creation, innovation and development of versatile products. Being strategic partners in the region, Bangladesh and Thailand cooperate with each other both bilaterally and multilaterally. It is high time for both of the country to boost relations with each other in order to nurture the economic diplomacy adopted in recent times. By the exploring MoU between Chittagong Port and Ranong Port is shown up the growing bilateral diplomatic and business relationship between the two brotherhood countries by the leading of our Ambassador Muna.
Mr. Suriyan Karnjanasilp, Governor of Ranong Province of Thailand said that both countries cooperation should be widened regionally and bilaterally by establishing sea and land routes. By exploring the MoU Chittagong and Ranong will start new horizon in the diplomatic and business relationship between two friendly countries. He assured all out support and cooperation from his side to implement a bilateral understanding between Bangladesh and Thailand embassy. He shortly expressed his views and opinons to the business galaxy about the relevant issues of MoU.
Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand emphasized on strengthening that already established good relationship between Bangladesh and Thailand. She also stressed on the fisheries sector of Bangladesh which could be highest foreign currency earning sector. She said that Bangladesh as a member of BIMSTEC could be considered by Thailand as a hub to integrate with other ASEAN countries. She said that the involvement of a big company like Ital-Thai Development Company Limited for construction of the Elevated Express way and an agro-industrial and Food conglomerate CP Bangladesh Co. Ltd were the proof of Thailand’s interest to consider Bangladesh as an investment destination. She also emphasized that apart from trading only, now both the countries should try to establish strategic partnerships to establish labor intensive industries in Bangladesh.
Mr. Prajak Sriwatthana, Assistant Director General of Asset Management and Business Development and Leader of the Delegation said that Thailand’s Ranong sea port, in particular, is a capable port of entry in logistics of goods, and now it is going to be a new gateway to accommodate trade expansion between Thailand and Bangladesh.
Mr. Mingpant Chaya, President of the Thai-Bangladesh Business Council (TBBC) was present in the meeting and said the economies of Bangladesh and Thailand were complementary but there were some products- agro, fisheries, machineries, Leather, Jute & Jute goods which could be manufactured at each others point to overcome competition and for the marketing of those products globally.
Governor of Ranong Province of Thailand Mr. Suriyan Karnjanasilp, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, BTCCI President Mr. Sajjatuz Jumma, ICC’B President Mr. Mahbubur Rahman are seen among others in the BTCCI Business Meeting with The Thai Port Authority Delegation to Bangladesh.
Mr. Mahbubur Rahman, President of the International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICC’B), Mr. Md. Ayub Ali, Sr. Vice President, BTCCI Founder President Engr. Rashed Maksud Khan, Past President Mr. M A Momen and FBCCI Director Sheik Fazle Fahim were also present. The others directors of BTCCI including Mr. Zafar Osman, DCCI Former President, Mr. Shahjahan Khan, DCCI Former President, Mr. Md. Munir Hossain, Mr. Mafiz A Bhuiyan, Mr. Montchai Musicubud, Managing Director of First Dhaka Elevated Expressway Ltd, Mr. Md. Enayet Husain, Mr. Shahzada Hamid, Mr. M. Salem Sulaiman, Mr. Pramatha Barua were present among others. BTCCI Secretary Mr. Md. Nazmul Hossen Conducted over the business meeting.