Bangladesh’s minister of state for textiles & jute, Mirza Azam said he hoped for better trade ties with India and expected the International Textile Machinery Exhibitions Society’s fair at Mumbai in December would be a golden opportunity and catalyst for both the countries.

Azam’s comments came at a networking programme and presentation by India ITME Society in Dhaka recently.

The first ever India ITME Society delegation to Bangladesh was led by its chairman Sanjiv Lathia. Others in the delegation included Seema Srivastava, executive director and Shekhar Shridhankar jt. director, the Society in a release said.

India’s deputy hingh commissioner to Bangladesh, Adarsh Swaika, who also attended the function highlighted the opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the textile sector.

Faruque Hassan, vice president Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters, (BGMEA), Md. Fazlul Hoque, vice president, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), Mohammad Hatem from Bangladesh knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) were, among others, present at the function.

The Dhaka programme also was first of its kind promotional activity, organised by India ITME Society creating an unique platform for better customer interaction and direct access to local market at prominent and upcoming textile hubs.