Economists doubt adviser’s hope of GSP revival in 6 months

Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi on Friday said Bangladesh would get back the suspended GSP facility in the US market within six months though the leading economists think it is not possible even in a year. “It’s possible to regain GSP benefits in the US market within the next six months,” the adviser said while talking to reporters at Banglabandha Land Port.
Gowher Rizvi, however, said Bangladesh needs to work on issues like introduction of trade union, safety and wage issues to regain the facility in the US market.
“Work on these issues has started. The Labour Law has already been amended and it’ll be passed by Parliament in its coming session,” he said.
On enclave exchange, he said there is an agreement between the two countries in place for exchanging enclaves. “This agreement will have to go through the Indian Parliament.”
Gowher Rizvi also said the bill was placed in parliament. “Hope, it’ll be passed by Parliament soon.”
Once it is passed, he said, there will be no problem on enclave swap.
Later, the adviser exchanged opinions with the port authority, local administration, Customs and BGB, exporters and importers, Clearing and Forwarding Agents and local representatives.
Panchagarh-1 constituency MP M Majharul Haque Prodhan, DC Mohammad Salah Uddin and Panchagar BGB 18 Battalion Captain Lt Colonel Abu Basir, were, among others, present. (Source: UNB)

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