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Dhaka requests Trump admin to give it free access to US market

Dhaka renewed its request to the Trump administration to consider ‘Duty Free Quota Free’ (DFQF) access to the US market. The said was made by Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States, Mohammad Ziauddin during a meeting with US Republican Senator Roger Wicker in Washington.

Also present at the meeting were Lai, senior legislative assistant of the congressman and Toufique Hasan, Minister (Political) of the Embassy. The Ambassador requested the US government to consider DFQF access of all Least Developed Countries’ products to the US market. Senator Wicker who hails from Mississippi is also a member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the U.S. Senate. He noted that there is a sense of deprivation among the rest of the LDCs (mostly Asian and Oceanic) that seek justice from the US. Currently, only 34 countries (all African LDCs) out of 48 LDCs are benefited from the US DFQF access.

The ambassador told the Senator if the US provides DFQF access to Bangladeshi products, it would help the country to be economically strong by exporting more products especially from the RMG sector where more than four million women are employed at present. Consequently, it would help empower the Bangladeshi women to change society by contributing to alleviation of poverty and curb the menace of extremism, he said. Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance’ stance against all forms of extremism and terrorism in Bangladesh and beyond, Ziauddin said that Bangladesh had already established counter terrorism cooperation with the US, India and other neighbouring countries.