2On November 4, 2021, Megan M., Agricultural Attache of the US Embassy in Bangladesh along with a delegation comprising best USDA formal in Dhaka and Mr. Ali Arsalan, Region Consultant of Cotton Council Global, United states in Bangladesh, met Mr. Mohammad Ali Khokon, President of BTMA at the BTMA business in Kawran Bazar. BTMA Board of Directors member Engineer Ishtiaq Ahmed Saikat and Engineer Rajiv Haider alongside with other BTMA officers were existing at the meeting. Through the assembly, the President of BTMA highlighted the contribution and capabilities of BTMA member mills in the export oriented garment sector of the key textile market of Bangladesh and the backward linkage industry of the textile sector as perfectly as the function of BTMA member mills in meeting the simple textile desires of the typical inhabitants.

3The President apprised the BTMA delegation that Bangladesh has a viable backward linkage industry in the key textile sector and even with the horrors of Covid-19 in the past two yrs, the existing economic system of Bangladesh is still in a potent situation. He mentioned that in 2019-20, Bangladesh imported about 7.5 million bales of cotton, of which 11.14% came from the United States, which he expects to improve further in the foreseeable future. He additional that inspite of the significant quality of American cotton in comparison to any other place, its import is remaining discouraged in Bangladesh only owing to guide time. In this context, BTMA President referred to the present fumigation method for American cotton imports to the Agricultural Attache

To this end, the President referred to the provisions of SRO No. 287-Act / 69 issued by the BTMA Governing administration of Bangladesh in 1989, according to which if the cotton of other countries was imported in the identical ship with the imported American cotton, all the consignments concerned would have to be fumigated. This has resulted in elevated price tag and harassment as very well as elevated direct time. He said the issue experienced been raised immediately from the BTMA and through the US embassy to the involved departments like the Ministry of Agriculture on various instances but no solution had been observed, though it was urgent to withdraw the fumigation procedure. All through the discussion, the President of BTMA sought the immediate cooperation of the Agricultural Attache in withdrawing the provision on fumigation of the US Embassy in Bangladesh relating to more increase in American cotton imports.

In the course of the dialogue, BTMA, President talked about that the United States is the 2nd most significant marketplace or location for garment exports to Bangladesh. Referring to the quality of denim manufactured in Bangladesh, the President explained that it would be beneficial for the two the nations around the world to allow BD to enter the United States at a discounted rate. He also requested the Place Representative of the Cotton Council Global, United states to involve BTMA in the approach of taking an govt delegation to the Usa in the class of their action on numerous features of American cotton excellent and cotton procurement.

At the identical time, he included utmost significance to the frequent exchange of data amongst Cotton Council Global, United states of america and USDA officers in Bangladesh. The President also regarded the BTMA UN’s declaration of “World Cotton Day” on Oct 8 every single year as a landmark milestone. To spotlight the importance of cotton in people’s day by day lives, BTMA and Cotton Council Worldwide, United states have proposed to celebrate ‘World Cotton Day’ in the upcoming.