Duty free and Quota free market access has to be ensured for all Bangladeshi exportable goods & items to the Developed Countries


SUPRO has organized a human chain today (1st December, 2009) at Press Club, Dhaka on the occasion of the 7th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference that is going on in Geneva, Switzerland since 30 November 2009 which will be continued up to 2nd December 2009. In order to raise demand from the grass roots civil society actors, SUPRO has demonstrated a human chain program to make the global trade and business fair and also to ensure duty free and quota free market access of all Bangladeshi exportable goods & items to the developed countries.

SUPRO has mobilized civil society actors and its networking members to raise the grass roots voice and policy demands through this human chain program. In that human chain demonstration around 150 people stood together holding hand by hand at the Press Club, Dhaka for raising the policy demands with a view to flourishment of national economy of Bangladesh. Around 30-35 journalists and reporters from national daily newspapers, Representatives from Radio Today and BBC, Satellite Channel like as, ATN Bangla, Desh TV, Bangla Vision, Baishaki TV have also attended that program to disseminate the raised demands in the print and electronic media through out the country. Mr. Madahb Chandra Datta- National Council member of SUPRO, Manju Rani Pramanik- Executive Board member of SUPRO, Uma Chowdhury- Director of SUPRO and Mohammad Shahidullah- Coordinator of SUPRO have addressed in that human chain program focusing key demands of SUPRO. The speakers have stressed that in thename of liberalization of trade, the local industries should not be demolished. In this regard, fair trade policy is essential for Bangladesh.

In that human chain program, SUPRO has placed specific demands to the government and representatives of WTO stating that the on going 7th WTO ministerial conference in Switzerland is critically important for Bangladesh as it has large garments sectors on which millions of women are depended for their livelihood and for other exportable sectors as well. This important conference will decide the strategic type and nature of international trade and business of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) including Bangladesh on which the flourishment of local industry and exportable industries will be largely dependable.

To mark the 7th WTO ministerial conference in Switzerland (30 November- 2nd December 2009), SUPRO has demonstrated a human chain displaying colorful posters, banners and presenting a brief policy demand to revive the local industry like as jute industry, jute mills and all other manufacturing industries for increasing the employment of its citizens. Through this human chain program, SUPRO has also urged the government to take necessary steps in order to save the industrial sectors of Bangladesh for momentum of national economy and development of Bangladesh in considering the looming threat of global financial crisis.

SUPRO has also placed the following major demands in that human chain program to attract the attention of Bangladesh government and representatives of WTO:

  • Duty free and Quota free market access has to be ensured for all Bangladeshi exportable goods & items to the developed countries.
  • The movement of Bangladeshi natural persons (semi-skilled and unskilled labor) has to be ensured around the world.
  • The agriculture sectors of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) including Bangladesh has to be excluded form the WTO policies and the farmers and agriculture sectors of Bangladesh has to be secured through providing required subsidies.
  • The right to food issues has to be included in the policies of WTO without considering agriculture as a trade issues for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) including Bangladesh.
  • The safe and secured employment of climate refugees of Bangladesh along with the Least Developed Countries (LDC) has to be ensured.

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