May 25, 2013 | 12:01 AM (BD Time)
25 May, 2013 Saturday
President for expanding trade with South Africa
. BSS, Dhaka
President Zillur Rahman on Sunday asked for taking appropriate measures to expand the country's trade volume with one of the biggest African economy, South Africa.
The President made the remark when newly appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to South Africa Touhid Hossain paid a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban.
Hossain, a former foreign secretary, will leave the country for his new assignment in South Africa on July 23.
During the meeting, President Zillur Rahman directed the new High Commissioner to take necessary steps to attract South African entrepreneurs for making investments in Bangladesh.
Through the new High Commissioner, President Zillur Rahman conveyed greetings to the South African legendary leader Nelson Mandela and President Jacob Zuma.
The President recalled with gratitude that Nelson Mandela attended the country's Independence Day celebration in 1997 as one of the distinguished personalities from overseas countries.
Touhid Hossain apprised the President that every year Bangladesh's trade has been increasing by 25-30 percent with South Africa.
He assured that he would do his level best to attract South African investment to Bangladesh while discharging his new assignment there as per guideline of the government.
Secretaries concerned of the President's Office were present.
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