RUSHANARA ALI MP APPOINTED AS UK TRADE ENVOY TO BANGLADESH
londonbdnews24: Rushanara Ali, Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow has been appointed as UK’s Trade Envoy to Bangladesh. This is a cross-party programme established in 2012 to build business and bilateral trade relationships and help drive economic growth in developing countries.
There are currently 24 MPs and Peers from across different political parties from the UK Parliament including the Labour Party working as Trade Envoys covering fifty different countries. All Envoys are selected by the UK Prime Minister for their experience, skills and knowledge of particular sectors and countries.
Other Labour Parliamentarians serving as Trade Envoys include Lord Hollick of Notting Hill, Lord Puttnam of Queensgate and Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC until she stepped down following her appointment as Commonwealth Secretary General. These roles are unpaid.
Bangladesh has a growing population of over 160 million people and has made huge progress over the last twenty years to reduce poverty and increase economic growth. However Bangladesh faces many challenges ahead as one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world and is currently the third largest recipient of UK overseas aid.
Rushanara Ali will focus her work as Trade Envoy to address climate change concerns and share the UK’s expertise on labour standards to support Bangladesh’s garment industry. The UK is Bangladesh’s largest net investor of ready-made garments with exports worth almost £450 million pounds and ready-made garments accounting for over 90% of Bangladeshi exports to the UK.
Further Priority sectors in Bangladesh include physical infrastructure (transport, power, water & sanitation), social infrastructure (healthcare, education & training), good governance and judicial reform.
Rushanara Ali said:
“’I am delighted to have been appointed to this cross-party role as the UK Trade Envoy to Bangladesh. The UK and Bangladesh have historic and long-standing ties, and it is a country of particular importance to me: a third of my constituents have Bangladeshi heritage and I was the first person of Bangladeshi origin to be elected to the UK Parliament. I want to see Britain play a twin role helping Bangladesh thrive economically and supporting the country's efforts to tackle the threat of climate change.”