West Midlands Mayor Andy Street travels to Bangladesh for trade talks

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West Midlands Mayor Andy Street traveled to South Asia this week for bilateral trade and investment talks

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street is currently in Bangladesh after visiting neighboring India for a week of trade talks.

On his first visit to the independent South Asian nation, the Mayor flew to the capital Dhaka from Delhi in India on Sunday November 13 for talks with West Midlands business and political leaders to promote bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

More than one in ten of the population of the West Midlands is of Bangladeshi origin and the UK is the country’s third largest trading partner behind the United States and Germany.

Mr. Street’s visit to India included trips to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad to boost bilateral trade and investment. The UK attempted to forge a free trade agreement with India and the fifth round of talks concluded in July 2022.

During his visit to India, Street spoke to motoring company – Mahindra & Mahindra – about its future plans, including a new factory in the West Midlands to bring motorcycle production back home. He also visited the Bombay Stock Exchange – the oldest stock exchange in Asia – on November 9 during his trip to Mumbai.

Mr Street visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum to pay his respects to Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

What did he say about the visit?

The Mayor said: “After a busy schedule in India, I am delighted to be making my first ever visit to Bangladesh.

“Given the size of the Bangladeshi community living in the West Midlands, I look forward to an exciting cultural, business and diplomatic itinerary that will open up new opportunities for us in the months and years to come.

“I was particularly happy to have been able to visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum today to pay my respects to the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”

During the three-day visit, the mayor, whose role is to serve as a global ambassador for the West Midlands, is expected to meet business leaders from many of the major companies present in Bangladesh, as well as high-level politicians, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the mayors of Dhaka.

He will also meet various business organizations and their members and participate in a roundtable on the development of smart cities.

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