Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid will become the first accredited Welsh Chamber of Commerce to take part in a trade mission to Bangladesh.
Facilitated by Interlink and supported by mission partner Edvoy, the Chamber will lead the trade mission to Dhaka, with additional visits to Chittagong and Sylhet, from November 26 to December 2.
Up to 30 Welsh companies are expected to take part in the mission which will include trade and networking receptions, group meetings with a number of Bangladeshi ministries and chambers of commerce and opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs interested in joint venture projects.
The British High Commission in Dhaka and the Bangladesh High Commission in London will provide support during the mission.
Bangladesh is an independent nation in South Asia with a population of 169 million. The country’s major industrial sectors include garments, textiles, food and beverages, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and power generation.
A large diaspora lives and works in Wales, with Bangladeshis making up the third largest ethnic minority in Wales. The mission aims to strengthen ties between the two countries and strengthen ties between the Welsh and Bangladeshi business communities.
The Chamber represents businesses in South East, South West and Mid Wales; supporting the Welsh business community with access to new markets and growth opportunities. As Head of Mission, the Chamber will promote Wales as a great place to do business, invest and study.
Chamber Commerce Director Drew Flowers said:
“We are delighted to make history as the first Welsh chamber to lead and participate in a trade mission to Bangladesh this year. The mission will showcase what Wales has to offer and open up access to new markets, investment prospects and excellent growth opportunities.
Mission Partner Edvoy is a digital platform that empowers students to make informed decisions throughout their academic journey, especially when it comes to finding suitable overseas institutions. Based in Manchester, Edvoy has teams located around the world and recently expanded into Bangladesh.
Sadiq Basha, CEO of Edvoy, said:
“We are extremely pleased to support this All-Wales trade, investment and education mission to Bangladesh and to be part of Team Wales, showcasing the prosperity of Wales and the diversity of the educational offer it has to offer to the world market.
“Bangladesh is a market of great interest and growth; we have seen that the Welsh and Bengali cultures have a lot in common, hence a large diaspora here in Wales. We believe this unique and rich demographic history will be warmly welcomed by Bangladesh and will create fantastic business growth and education recruitment opportunities for Wales.
Mabs Noor, Mission Director at Interlink, said:
“This trade mission is a great example of how the private sector can also help promote Wales as a destination to trade, invest and educate with. The partnership we have forged between the Chamber and Edvoy demonstrates unique thinking to develop trade with countries like Bangladesh, where Wales will receive a warm welcome.
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