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Bangladesh forges stronger ties with Poland

Bangladesh is looking to enhance ties with Poland. The country is encouraging Polish investment in sectors like energy, leather and footwear, agro-processing, food processing and packaging. Poland is ready to consider investing in Bangladesh’s mining sectors including coal mining. Poland has been urged to recruit Bangladesh’s semi-skilled and skilled workers and professionals in sectors like health care, construction, agriculture, industries and tourism to tide over the labor shortage in Poland.

The two countries have friendly relations and have stressed on enhancing cooperation particularly in sectors including science and technology, industry, trade and commerce. Bangladesh is looking to expand apparel exports to Poland. In addition to apparel items, Bangladesh is also looking to expand exports of medicine and other pharmaceutical products.

Poland has been urged to consider easing visa procedures for Bangladeshi businessmen, visitors and students. The two countries may explore possible areas of cooperation in the promising blue economy sector. During fiscal 2017-18, Bangladesh exported apparel worth $95 million to the central European country. Knitwear fetched $59.5 million and wovens fetched $35.7 million.

During the first six months of fiscal 2018-19, Bangladesh’s apparel exports to Poland amounted to $502 million with knitwear logging in $315 million and wovens fetching $187 million.