Ms Alyssa Ayres, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, United States of America; Mr Peter Fricke, Political Officer and Ms Sophie Yan Gao, Economic Officer from the Embassy of the USA in Bangladesh visited CPD on 9 July 2012. At the session, CPD made a brief presentation on the recent developments in Myanmar and opportunities for sub-regional cooperation. Guests were also briefed on the current macroeconomic performance of Bangladesh. Mr Kazi Badruddin Ahmed, President, Bangladesh-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Ambassador Farooq Sobhan, Former Foreign Secretary and President , Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI); Dr M Tamim, Former Special Assistant to the Chief Advisor; Dr Amena Mohsin, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Brig-Gen (Retd.) Shahedul Anam Khan, ndc, psc, Editor, Defence & Strategic Affairs, The Daily Star; and Ambassador C M Shafi Sami, Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government (Agriculture) and Former Foreign Secretary were among the invited guests present at the meeting. Experts exchanged their views with particular focus on regional cooperation in connectivity and energy.
Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue Mustafizur Rahman said Bangladesh has more potential but it should ensure shorter lead time, high standard of compliance, higher productivity and capacity at factory level and competitive prices for remaining the top choice of retailers and brands.