Dhaka, Sep 4
A high-profile Indian business delegation comprising Airtel chief Sunil Bharti Mittal, RPG Group chairman Harsh Goenka and Tata Steel vice-chairman B. Muthuraman will arrive in Dhaka early next month to look for investment opportunities, a media report said Sunday.
The three members of the seven-member delegation have already confirmed their visit, said Abdul Matlub Ahmad, president of the India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“We are communicating with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to get the assurance about the four others, mainly the policymakers,” he told The Daily Star.
The chamber is also trying to invite a top representative from India’s infrastructure giant Reliance Group.
“Our aim is to ensure visits of high profile people from large infrastructure firms of India as we need large investment for our infrastructure development,” he said.
“We have proposed that they invest here through joint ventures with Bangladesh partners,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
The schedule of their trip will be fixed after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit Sep 6-7, he said.
“We are rather trying to arrange a meeting between five chief ministers of India and the leaders of our top chambers and associations during Manmohan’s visit,” Ahmad said.
Chief ministers of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram will come to Dhaka with Manmohan, he said.
“These are our bordering states. Through talks with the Indian chief ministers our business leaders will know about the facilities the states can provide to Bangladesh,” he added.
India is the second largest trading partner of Bangladesh. In fiscal 2009-10, Bangladesh’s imports from India were worth $3.21 billion.