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BD bargained successfully in Nairobi WTO conf: Tofail

Thursday 24 December, 2015 12:00:00 am

United News

Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) – Differing with the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) views on the outcome of Nairobi WTO ministerial conference, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Thursday said there is nothing ‘disappointing’ for Bangladesh and other least developed countries (LDCs).

 

“Bangladesh worked on behalf of all the LDCs, bargained on various issues and has become successful,” he told reporters at the Secretariat in his reaction to CPD views.

 

The Commerce Minister said the desire of the LDCs has been reflected on the ministerial declaration. “There’s nothing in the declaration that one can say Bangladesh is disappointed or failed.”

 

According to CPD analysts, Bangladesh could not gain much from the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Kenya as global leaders failed to reach a consensus on key deals.

 

The leaders failed to agree on a deal, among others, that would have extended meaningful duty-free access of goods from poor nations to developing and developed ones. But African LDCs, for whom garment is not a major export item, enjoy duty-free access to the US.

 

The Commerce Minister said the information presented at the CDP media briefing is not correct and the objectives of Bangladesh’s participation in the conference are met.

 

Tofail said Bangladesh has many achievements from the ministerial conference as a single country.

 

“As coordinator and spokesperson of the LDCs, Bangladesh participated in all meetings and negotiations and gave opinions,” he said adding that Bangladesh bargained and brought results.

  

The Commerce Minister said the representatives of the participating countries highly appreciated Bangladesh’s role in the ministerial conference.

 

He said there has been no representation of the CPD in the Bangladesh delegation and CPD might be unaware of Bangladesh’s role and achievements.

 

Senior Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, FBCCI President Abdul Matlub Ahmed, ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman and Incepta Pharma Managing Director Abdul Muktadir were also present.