Momen for reducing trade gap with New Zealand


Dhaka, September 17: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday sought New Zealand’s support to reduce trade breach between Dhaka and Willington, which now remains in favour of the Oceanian nation.Momen made the urge while outgoing Non-resident New Zealand High Commissioner to Bangladesh Joanna Mary Kempkers paid a farewell call on him at foreign ministry here, a press release said.

During the meeting, they discussed various bilateral issues including trade and investment as well as ongoing Rohingya crisis.

The foreign minister urged New Zealand to create pressure on Myanmar for commencing safe and dignified repatriation of forcefully displaced Rohingya from Bangladesh.

The High Commissioner highly lauded Bangladesh role in enduring and securing the uprooted Rohingyas here.

Mentioning that New Zealand is ranked top among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, the envoy said her country likes to share its experience with Dhaka to improve business climate in Bangladesh for attracting more foreign investment.

New Zealand is expecting a Bangladesh business delegation in November next that will help to further explore trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, she said.

Joanna expressed New Zealand’s keen interest to engage more with Bangladesh economically.