Leader of Portsmouth City Council, UK Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE has said Bangladesh is an exciting country offering opportunity and endless potential, with strong diaspora ties with Portsmouth City.
Gerald is leading a delegation - ‘Portsmouth City Council Trade, Investment and Education Mission’ that started its eight-day visit to Bangladesh on Friday, according to British High Commission in Dhaka.
He termed Bangladesh a “fast growing Tiger economy” and said they have brought some of the best businesses from Portsmouth and beyond.
“We’re keen to show what Portsmouth has to offer Bangladesh and its businesses and the great opportunities that await you when you visit our - Great Waterfront City,” Gerald said in a message on their visit.
He said there will be many fantastic opportunities to share good practices, transfer knowledge and learning within further and higher education, and in research and development facilities with leading institutions and one of the best Universities in the country.
Gerald said all the visiting delegates will take advantage of this excellent networking opportunity and engagement during their visit to the “beautiful country” of Bangladesh.
To undertake business in a new market, there is a need for having entrepreneurial fair, positivity, endurance and patience.
On behalf of Portsmouth City, Gerald thanked all the government agencies, chambers and institutions in Bangladesh for their support in this initiative for the advancement of the two great nations.
The University of Portsmouth supports the ‘trade mission’ to Sylhet and the ambitions to strengthen the economic, education and societal links between our two cities.
The Portsmouth Bangladesh Business Association (PBBA) aims to be the principal bilateral business association committed to the promotion of businesses, industries, cultural and economic activities between the great waterfront city of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh.
“We’re in a unique and enviable position of being able to facilitate synergy and co-operation between businesses in Portsmouth and Bangladesh,” Raja Ali, Chair of the PBBA said.
He said international trade comes with great rewards and there are numerous challenges that need to be overcome.
“We all need someone to support, guide and believe in our products in order to enter, develop and grow in a new market, this is where the PBBA can help. Our directors and members have a wealth of knowledge and skills at your disposal, which no doubt, will be invaluable,” said Raja Ali.