Agro-Business: Cross River to collaborate with Bangladesh

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture have reached an agreement to partner with Bangladesh on the agro-allied sector.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between Shameem Ahsan, the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mohammed Hoque, the third Secretary and Head of Chancery of the High Commission and some members of the Calabar Chamber of Commerce led by the Chairman, Eta Ndoma-Egba in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

Ambassador Ahsan, who invited the chamber to Bangladesh on a trade mission as a way to further the relationship, urged Cross River to explore the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Bangladesh to diversify its economy.

The Chamber of Bangladeshi jute, garment and textile, fishery and aquaculture as well as pharmaceutical industries are areas where we can trade and collaborate on. I am using this opportunity to invite you to Bangladesh on a trade mission, which will open up more areas of collaboration for our countries.”

In his remark, Ndoma-Egba, the President of the Calabar Chamber, noted that strengthening the economic and commercial relations between the two countries would increase the volume of trade, which was pegged at 14 million USD only.

Ndoma-Egba identified areas of possible cooperation.

They  include the jute bag industry in Bangladesh and the cocoa and cashew sector in Cross River; the Calabar garment factory and the garment and textile industries in Bangladesh as well as between the pharmaceutical factory here and those in your country,” he stressed.