Training on “Overview of Trade Policy Regime of Bangladesh”

Date : 24-26 September, 2013

Venue : Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute Conference Hall, TCB Bhaban (5th Floor), 1 Karwan bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute


A group of trainers (specialists/researchers) from BFTI, MoC, CCI&E, Board of Investment (BOI), Bangladesh Bank and Customs, Excise & VAT Department.

There were 25 officials from the Ministry of Commerce and its attached departments/offices, selected on the basis of nominations received from the Ministry of Commerce. Participating bodies were:
•    Ministry of Commerce (Moc)
•    The Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC)
•    Office of Chief Controller of Imports and Exports (CCI&E)
•    The National Consumer Rights Protection Department (DNCRP)
•    Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)
•    Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI)


To familiarize the participants with the trade policy regime of Bangladesh and frequently used concepts of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and related WTO Agreements.


The training course attempted to provide a broad-based understanding about the trade policy regime of Bangladesh in the context of international trade and commerce. The course dealt in detail with issues such as: introduction to international trade, export trend of Bangladesh, export and import policies of Bangladesh, Customs Act, Foreign Exchange Regulations Act, VAT Act, Company Law, regulations relating to bank and non-bank financial institutions, trade liberalization and FDI in Bangladesh. Furthermore, discussion sessions were held on the WTO structure, decision making process, salient features of the Doha development agenda. An overview was also presented on the current GSP status of Bangladesh. The training methodology was highly participative.