Dhaka to raise duty issue with Ankara

Sheikh Shahariar Zaman
Published : 04:00, May 20, 2019 | Updated : 04:00, May 20, 2019

Turkish consumers are deprived of getting Bangladeshi made readymade garments at a reasonable price as Ankara has imposed anti-dumping duty on the products.
The issue will be discussed at the foreign office consultation meeting to be held in Ankara Monday when Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque will meet Sedat Ona, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
“We will raise the issue as we want to deepen our economic relationship,” said the Foreign Secretary from Ankara over phone.
According to Turkish Foreign Ministry website, Bangladesh’s export rose to $1 billion in 2013 but it gradually fell to $880 million three years later. The country mainly exports knitwear, woven garments, jute yarns and twine, jute manufacturers, leather and ceramics.
Rohingya crisis
Turkey is supportive to Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya issue and very vocal in the international arena.
The foreign secretary said, “I attended one high-profile programme in Istanbul on Saturday when I explained them the current situation and way forward.”
We want to keep Rohingya issue alive at the global stage and make it loud and heard by the international actors for getting it resolved at the earliest, he said.
As an important member in Europe and Muslim world, Turkey can play a constructive role in this regard, he added.
Other issues
Both the countries will also discuss terrorism, development in regional and international arena, and cooperation in the multilateral forum.
“Both the countries condemn all forms of terrorism and cooperate with each other to combat the menace,” the foreign secretary said.
There are many international issues in which Bangladesh and Turkey have similar position and they will work together in the multilateral forum to protect their interest, he added.