Cross-River government: AGOA will boost agro-business with Bangladesh

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The Cross River state government has expressed the willingness to sign agro-business deals with Bangladesh through the African Growth Opportunities Act.

Governor Ben Ayade said this during an interaction with the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Shameem Ahsan in Calabar.

Ayade described 7.8 percent economic growth recorded by Bangladesh last year as dramatic.

Bangladesh wants to partner with us for the export of garments from Cross River to America, we are excited about going over to learn, to partner and create a higher synergy between the two countries.”

The governor, who noted that African countries have a lot to learn from Bangladesh, said “vistas of opportunities will be opened for the country to partner with the state in other sectors.”

Technical Support

In a brief remark, Shameem Ahsan, stated that Bangladesh was prepared to offer technical and managerial expertise to enhance the growth of the Calabar Garment factory.

Both Bangladesh and Cross River will benefit through the sharing of our best practices approach on the garment factory, even as Bangladesh will offer lots of things including technical expertise and managerial skills.”

The High Commissioner was conducted round the Ayade Industrial Park, which is home to the Calabar Garment Factory, Rice Seedling Plant, yet to be completed Calabar Noodle Factory, Calachika (the single largest chicken slaughter) and CalaPharm.