The Swedish envoy in Dhaka expressed her desire to see Swedish green companies coming to Bangladesh and investing here.
Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde also said that Sweden was ready to facilitate the environmental goals of the Swedish companies operating in Bangladesh.
The ambassador also praised the Bangladeshi companies going green, while visiting the Gulshan office of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Wednesday.
MCCI President Md Saiful Islam, Senior Vice President Kamran T Rahman, Vice President Habibullah N Karim, members of the Board of Directors Anis A Khan and Syed Tareque Md Ali, and Secretary-General and CEO Farooq Ahmed, among others, received the ambassador, according to a press statement.
The MCCI president thanked the envoy for visiting the MCCI's office. He also appreciated the bilateral relationship between Sweden and Bangladesh and hoped it would continue to improve further.
The ambassador mentioned that the year 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh-Sweden relationship. Sweden had recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign nation in February 1972.
During the discussion, Ambassador Ms Alexandra Berg von Linde recalled the excellent bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The MCCI team highlighted Bangladesh's success over the years in socio-economic development.
The president recounted the country's excitement for qualifying to graduate to the developing country club in 2026. However, he was also worried about the challenges associated with a sustainable graduation.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Bangladesh has been able to withstand the difficulties boldly due to prudent fiscal and other policy support rendered by the government during the last two years.
The president, therefore, requested for Sweden's support in Bangladesh's sustainable graduation.
The ambassador lauded the visible improvement in women empowerment in Bangladesh. She specifically mentioned female participation in the active labour market, particularly in the readymade garment sector.
Sweden saw great potential in Bangladesh's market which was reflected in the successful operations of Swedish firms in Bangladesh, including that of the clothing giant H&M.