Canberra, 17 February :

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia Sufiur Rahman had a fruitful meeting with Dan Tehan,
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment today at his Parliament Office and discussed issues
related to expanding trade and identifying scopes for investment between Bangladesh and Australia. They
expressed their confidence to realise immense potentials so as to emerge as key trade partners.
The meeting was held ahead of the upcoming Joint Working Group’s (formed under Trade and
Investment Framework Arrangement signed on 15 September) meeting scheduled to be held on 22 February
in Canberra. They expressed that the JWG would operationalize TIFA beyond optics and advance trade and
investment interactions for mutual benefit.

Australia has recently announced to commission multiple studies to identify key opportunities in
Bangladesh for Australian businesses in the infrastructure, IT, mining, and other potential sectors, that the
Bangladesh High Commission has repeatedly been advocating for the last three years.

The meeting was attended by First Assistant Secretary North and South Asia Division of Department
of Foreign Affairs Trade Gary Cowan and Adviser to the Minister Lachlan Smith.