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About Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is responsible for overall trade and commerce related activities of Bangladesh.

A brief Presentation about the Ministry is given below:

Allocation of Business
  • Promotion and regulation of internal commerce.
  • Commercial intelligence and statistics and publications thereof.
  • Companies Act, Partnership Act, 1932, Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Trade Organisations Ordinance, 1961.
  • Control and Organisation of Chamber of Commerce.
  • Price Advising Boards.
  • Accountancy including Chartered Accountancy.
  • Cost and management Accountancy.
  • Matter relating to vested and abandoned commercial properties.
  • Commercial Monopolies.
  • Price Control.
  • Export policies including protocols, treaties agreements and conventions bearing on trade with foreign countries.
  • Review export policies and programmes.
  • Regulation and control of import trade and policies thereof.

  • Trade delegation to and from abroad, overseas trade, exhibitions and trade representation in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Purchase and supply of internal and external stores.

  • Transit trade through Bangladesh.

  • State Trading.

  • International Commodity Agreements .

  • Export promotion including administration of export credit guarantee scheme.

  • Tariff commission, tariff policy, tariff valuation, commonwealth tariff Preference, general and international agreements on tariff.

  • International trade organization including UNCTAD and GATT.

  • European Economic Community.

  • Quality control, standardization and marking of the agricultural products/animals products for the purpose of export.

  • Administration of Commercial Wings in Bangladesh missions abroad and appointment of officers and staff thereof.

  • Administration of B.C.S (Trade).

  • Secretariat administration including financial matters.

  • Administration and control of subordinate offices and organizations under this Ministry.

  • Liaison with International Organisations and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies relating to subjects allotted to this Ministry.

  • All laws on subjects allotted to this ministry.

  • Inquiries and statistics on any of the subjects allotted to this ministry.

  • Fees in respect of any of the subjects allotted to this Ministry except fees taken in courts.

:: Wings/Cells in the Ministry of Commerce

Administration Wing
The Functions of Administration Wing are as follows:
  • Internal Administration of the Ministry of Commerce
  • Administration of the Sub-ordinate offices of the Ministry of Commerce
  • Administration of BCS (Trade) Cadre
  • Budget Formulation of the Ministry
Foreign Trade Agreement (FTA) Wing
The following are the Functions of FTA Wing:
  • Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) of Bangladesh
  • South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA)
  • Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
  • Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) [former Bangkok Agreement]
  • D-8 Preferential Trade Agreement
  • Trade Preferential System among the members of OIC (TPS-OIC)
  • Liaison with International and multilateral organizations including UNCTAD, EC, ITC, UN-ESCAP, WB etc.
Export Wing
Export Wing is responsible for:
  • Export Policy formulation, clarification, implementation
  • Export facilitation, problems & trade disputes resolution
  • Export target fixation & performance monitoring
  • Selection of CIPs & Export Trophy distribution
  • Bilateral Trade Agreements, negotiations & signing
  • Export Promotional activities (fairs, trade missions, etc.)
  • Export diversification & capacity building activities
  • Monitoring & Evaluation of activities of Commercial Missions Abroad
  • Compliance monitoring etc.
Import and Internal Trade (IIT) Wing
IIT Wing does the following Functions:
  • Import Policy Order formulation, clarification
  • Implementation of policy matters relating to Import.
  • Internal Trade issues
  • Administration of TCB
  • Price Management of essential commodities etc.
World Trade Organization (WTO) Cell
A WTO Cell was established in the Ministry of Commerce in October, 2003.
Its functions are as follows:
  • WTO Cell overseas the current negotiations in the WTO, liaisons with Geneva Mission and prepares the country position

  • Capacity building of the stakeholders in WTO rules, regulations etc

  • Disseminate information among stakeholders regarding WTO and negotiations etc.

Textile Cell
  • Designs strategy to combat post MFA challenges
  • Provides Policy supports towards enhancing RMG exports
  • Monitors and evaluates RMG related export earnings
  • Facilitate RMG exports
  • Provides secretarial support services to Social Compliance Forum on RMG.
Planning Cell

The main function of the Planning Cell is to conceive, process and monitor the implementation of development projects under Ministry of Commerce.

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