Advocacy in action: Bangladesh

Gov­ern­ments learn, as the Bangladeshis have, that they need the sup­port of busi­ness and oth­er pri­vate sec­tor groups in trade nego­ti­a­tions The choic­es in trade nego­ti­a­tions are com­plex and the best options are fre­quent­ly char­ac­ter­ized by fac­tors that gov­ern­ments know noth­ing of because they are not in the mar­ket-place. The gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh acknowl­edges this: bq. The head of the WTO cell of the com­merce min­istry, who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the sem­i­nar, said that it became dif­fi­cult for the min­istry to take deci­sions with­out research find­ings. The offi­cer sug­gest­ed that dif­fer­ent non-gov­ern­ment trade bod­ies could con­duct research to facil­i­tate gov­ern­men­t’s deci­sion mak­ing (“The Nation”: I’ve spent months over recent years work­ing with the Cham­bers of Com­merce in Dac­ca and in Chit­tagong on the pro­vi­sion of bet­ter infor­ma­tion about the nego­ti­a­tions to the Bangladesh busi­ness sec­tor. It’s good to see the work con­tin­ues to have results.

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