In late November, Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid will become the first accredited Welsh Chamber of Commerce to take part in a trade mission to Bangladesh.
The Chamber has teamed up with Interlink and Edvoy for the week-long all Wales trade, investment and education mission, which aims to promote Welsh businesses and connect them with access to new markets and opportunities for growth.
Who is supporting the mission?
The Chamber is leading the mission which is being facilitated by Interlink. In addition to mission partner Edvoy, the trade mission is supported by diplomats, government ministries and chambers of commerce including:
- British Council
- British High Commission, Dhaka,
- Bangladesh High Commission, London
- The Bangladeshi Ministries of Commerce, Education and Foreign Affairs
- Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
- Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry
- The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Sylhet Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Renaissance Dhaka Gulshan Hotel and the Grand Hotel & Resort, Sylhet
What is the itinerary for the mission?
Day 1 will involve a mission briefing at the hotel on arrival with the British Council, British High Commission, Dhaka and Interlink before a meeting with the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry.
Day 2 will see the delegation travel to Sylhet in the north east of the country for a reception with the region’s mayor, a meeting with their local chamber of commerce and a trade mission reception and exhibition.
Day 3 sees the delegation return to the capital Dhaka for meetings with the country’s ministries of foreign affairs, education and commerce.
Day 4 will feature another trade mission reception and exhibition, this time in Chattogram, also called Chittagong, a port city on the Bay of Bengal. There will also be an opportunity to meet elite business members of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry and tour the export processing zone (EPZ).
The final three days take place back in Dhaka. Day 5 will include a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office and a reception with the British High Commissioner while Day 6 will feature a view exchange and lunch with the local chamber of commerce, an open student and education fair, and a meet the mission event. The final day will include a morning debrief and final hotel check before heading home to Wales.
What help will businesses get?
Participating businesses will have their hotels, internal flights and transport arranged and booked at favourable rates by the mission. The itinerary for the trip, including exhibitions, meetings and receptions, has been arranged for businesses by the mission team who will manage government relationships and liaise with the Chamber networks throughout the trip.
How can I join the mission?
You can register to attend the mission by filling in the application form found here.