Diplomats Desk: The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh HE Robert Chatterton Dickson spoke to over 200 students at the Conference Hall of Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka today on the important role trade plays in international relations. The students were a mix from across the Department of International Business.

He said, “I think it is worth reminding people – again and again if necessary – about the importance of international trade for helping a country grow.

“Bangladesh has done remarkably well in the 50 years since independence – something the country can be genuinely proud of. But, to maintain that growth Bangladesh needs more know-how, more jobs and more capital – FDI can provide that.
“Foreign investments can help upskill a workforce. To give you an example. Many of the managers in Bangladesh’s private banks have developed their careers in HSBC or Standard Chartered – two British banks. The City of London, home to some of the World’s best known financial institutions, can help access capital.”

Prior to his lecture, the British High Commissioner HE Robert Chatterton Dickson met Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Dhaka, and had a separate meeting with senior faculty members, including Dean and Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam and the Dhaka University Treasurer.