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Indian business delegation to visit Bangladesh


Kolkata: A high level Indian business delegation would visit Bangladesh early next month, Bangladesh’s Industry Minister Dilip Barua said here Friday.

“A 50-member team will be visiting Bangladesh on April 10,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Barua, however, declined to name the companies that would visit.

He said the Bangladeshi government is willing to revive investment talks with Tata Group for investment but no special invitation would be extended to them.

“If they come, we are ready to accept them. But no special invitation to anybody will be extended,” he said.

The Tatas had withdrawn its proposal during the erstwhile regime of Begum Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh National Party.

Barua said his country is looking at making itself industrially self-sufficient by 2021, but said energy is a big problem. There is high demand of energy in the country but there is no gas exploration, he noted.

Talking about other industries, he said Bangladesh is putting thrust on industries like pharmaceuticals, ceramic, agro-based industries, leather and ship building.