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British PM’s trade envoy Rushanara in Dhaka city

Dhaka Office : British Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Bangladesh Rushanara Ali, MP arrived here on Saturday evening on a five-day visit to discuss how trade and investment ties between the two countries can be strengthened further.

Confirming her arrival in the city, an official told that she will start her visit officially on Sunday.

Earlier, a trade delegation of nine British railway companies, led by Rushanara, visited Bangladesh in September last, showcasing UK expertise in the railway sector.

The cross-party Trade Envoy programme was established in 2012 to build bilateral trade relationship and help drive economic growth in the countries identified as key markets for the UK.

The UK has strong business interests in Bangladesh as it remains one of the largest foreign investors, officials said.

Over 100 British companies are operating in sectors like retail, banking, energy, infrastructure, consultancy and education with main centres of operation in Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet.

The UK is also the third single largest destination for exports from Bangladesh.