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The President of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mining and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Sir Mike Elechi, reiterated the organisation’s determination to create more business opportunities for member companies and Rivers State.
The boss of PHCCIMA, who was in the company of the Managing Director, Mr. Erasmus Chukunda, said so when the group paid a courtesy call on the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Mr. Masudur Rahman in Abuja on Wednesday.
He noted that the move is also aimed at creating business value and partnership between the business communities of the two countries, adding that there are many untapped areas that would create wealth and also foster relations.
During the visit, the President and the High Commissioner expressed their willingness to work closely together to jointly foster the enormous trade and investment opportunities just waiting to be tapped in the areas of “textiles, leather, agriculture, ICT, as well as navigation and the navy”.
Other areas, he said, include: “Resources, pharmaceuticals, fisheries, power generation, ceramics, seaports and crude oil refinery development to address trade imbalances perceived between the two countries”.
The Bangladesh envoy promised to travel to Rivers State to meet with the organized private sector, as well as the state’s Executive Governor, His Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, following what he described as impressive footprints of state governance.
The two bodies have also agreed to implement the decisions made while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the High Commission and other Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce.
These decisions include listing “PHCCIMA member companies interested in the huge business opportunities identified in Bangladesh, and holding regular zoom meetings to connect PHCCIMA member companies with their counterpart in Bangladesh.” Promote bilateral cooperation in the shipping and agricultural sectors between the two countries and collaborate with PHCCIMA in all trade and investment activities, including international fairs and exhibitions.
“Also promote rural agriculture and development in the state, as well as visit facilities of the chamber and other private sectors,” he said.

From: Lilian Peters

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