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ORGANIZER
Jointly organized by BFTI, ESCAP/ArtNet and DCCI.

CHAIRPERSON & GUEST(S)

Chair:  Dr. Md. Mozibur Rahman (Chief Executive Officer, BFTI.)
Special Guest (s):  Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, President, DCCI.                             
Key-note Speaker: Dr. Md. Abu Yusuf, Senior Fellow, BFTI.
Discussant:  Ms. Ferdaus Ara Begum, CEO, Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD).


PARTICIPANTS
Around 100 participants from public and private sectors, think-tanks, research organizations and print and electronic media attended the event.

Participating organizations were:
•    Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)
•    Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD)
•    Bangladesh Trade Policy Support Program (BTPSP)
•    Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI)
Participating print and electronic media were:
•    Bangladesh Television
•    Mohona Television
•    Independent Television
•    Desh Television
•    Channel 24
•    SA Television
•    RTV
•    Boishakhi Television
•    Somoy Television
•    GTV    •    The Daily Star
•    New Age
•    The Financial Express
•    Daily Ittefaq
•    Prothom Alo
•    Daily Samakal
•    Daily Sangbad
•    Kaler Kontho
•    Arthoniti Protidin
•    Manobkontho
•    The report24.com
•    Banglamail24.com
•    Banglanews24.com


DESCRIPTION

The event was chaired by Dr. Md. Mozibur Rahman, CEO, BFTI.  Md. Sabur Khan, President, DCCI was present as the special guest. Dr. Md. Abu Yusuf, Senior Fellow, BFTI was the key-note speaker who also summarized the APTIR 2013 for the participants. Ms. Ferdaus Ara Begum, CEO, Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) participated as discussant. The issues for discussion included regional trade connectivity, trade balance, investment promotion, trade-related difficulties emerging from political instability, services trade development to accelerate economic growth, trade costs in agricultural product etc. Major issues discussed in the event were: regional trends and developments in trade and investment, investment and trade facilitation policies and impacts of these policies on countries’ abilities to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development.