Celebrating links between Wales and Bangladesh

November 25, 2016

On Tuesday 22nd November, staff and students from the University of South Wales attended the 9th Annual Welsh Bangladesh Gala Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport.

The High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Md. Nazmul Quaunine, was the guest of honour at the event. The dinner was attended by businessmen and women with interests in Bangladesh, members of the Bangladeshi community, representatives of the main political parties and local dignitaries and was an opportunity to celebrate the special relationship between Wales and Bangladesh.

The Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce (WBCC) was established in 2008 in recognition of the growing trade that was taking place between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh. The Chamber includes members from a diverse range of sectors and from all over Wales and acts as a voice for both Welsh and Bangladeshi businesses with an ambition to increase bilateral trade between Wales and Bangladesh. It has been estimated that there are currently around 100,000 Bangladeshi’s living in Wales. The University has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the WBCC which is the first of its kind in the UK and both organisations have been working together for a number of years to generate new avenues for student recruitment and develop new trade links for Welsh and Bangladeshi businesses.

The University was represented by Dr Ben Calvert (Pro Vice Chancellor) who gave a key note speech. Also in attendance were Professor Paul Rowlett (Pro Vice Chancellor), Bobby Mehta (Head of Enquiries & Admissions and International) , Dr Lisa Davies ( International Recruitment Manager), Dr Bela Arora (Senior Lecturer in MSc Global Governance, Alexandra Dobson (Senior Lecturer in Law), Siwan Rees (Director of USW Exchange), David Joyce, (International Recruitment Officer) and Mr. Rezaul Karim (Bangladesh Regional Manager).