Panel Session 01
Bangladesh – Perspectives from An Emerging Economy
Monday, Sep 4, 2023 from 11:45 AM – 12:25 PM
About This Session
Bangladesh’s economy has experienced remarkable growth over the past five decades since gaining independence. With a population of over 160 million people, it has emerged as the 35th largest economy globally. The country has achieved an average annual GDP growth rate of over six percent for the past fifteen years, driven primarily by meeting domestic demand.
While the apparel and textile industry remains a strong contender, there are several other conventional and emerging sectors, such as agro-food, digital technology, leather, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, ceramicware, electronics, shipbuilding, and ship-breaking, that hold immense potential. The country’s societal harmony, stability, youthful population, active workforce, growing middle and affluent class, rapid urbanization, and consistent economic growth rate of over six percent have garnered increasing attention in terms of manufacturing capabilities and consumer demand.
In the context of global disruptions, Bangladesh has demonstrated resilience and a continued growth trajectory. Despite challenges, the country remains steadfast in its pursuit of economic development. Bangladeshi entrepreneurs and businesses are keen to engage in creative collaborations with European counterparts, seeking to leverage innovation, technology, and solutions.
This session aims to facilitate candid conversations and advance assessments to identify sectors of interest to Europe, determine suitable pathways for collaboration, and establish connections with potential Bangladeshi collaborators.
Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)
André van Ommeren
Managing Director International Development, RVO
Managing Director, Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI)
Program Director, Innovation for Development, TNO
H. E. M. Riaz Hamidullah
Ambassador, Bangladesh to The Kingdom of The Netherlands
Chairman & Managing Director,
Shin Shin Group