Bangladesh Seafood Sector: Priority Investment and Trade Potentials for sector growth

Global seafood supply chain standardization focuses on laboratory testing, inspection, and certification. Bangladesh has 14 laboratories accredited by the Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) for food safety testing, with only 4 specifically equipped for seafood analysis (Source: Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh, 2022). The technological advancement and evaluation of labs, global standards, compliance for key markets (EU, the US, and Japan) and standardization of marine fisheries are the key factors to achieving Bangladesh’s goal to become a regional hub for investment.

Session Objectives:

  • Assess Labs and Enhancement Needs: Evaluate current labs and identify areas needing
    improvement for global standards.
  • Understand Global Compliance: Learn compliance essentials for key markets like the EU, US, and
  • Emphasize Fisheries Standardization: Highlight the need for standardized practices in marine fisheries.
  • Explore Certification Impact: Analyze the benefits of certifications like Global Gap for product quality and market access.
  • Highlight Private Sector Role: Emphasize the private sector’s role in investing and branding for premium market access in the seafood industry.





02:30 pm -02:35 pm

Session Introduction by Moderator

Mr. Nitin Rao

Asia Lead for Planning and Innovation

Solidaridad Network, India

02:35 pm -02:50 pm

Keynote Presentation on “Priority areas of Investment for sustainable growth of Fisheries sector in Bangladesh

Dr. Md. Nazmul Ahsan

Professor, Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology Discipline Khulna University

02:50 pm -03:00 pm

Presentation on “Exploring the potentials of Marine Fisheries: Challenges and way-forward”

Mr. Nurul Qayyum Khan,

President, Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Association

03:00 pm -03:15 pm

Presentation on Seafood Production and Export Processing Zone: A Business model to boost the seafood sector growth in Bangladesh

Mr. Martin Geskes

Managing Director

Planquadrat, Germany

03:15 pm -03:30 pm

Q & A

03:30 pm -03:45 pm

Refreshment break

03:45 pm -04:00 pm

How to attract and facilitate FDI in Fisheries sector of Bangladesh

Md. Ariful Hoque

Director General, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority 

04:00 pm -04:15 pm

Mobilization of public-private investment for the green growth of Bangladesh Seafood Industry

Mr. Harsh Vivek

Operation Officer South Asia, Food and Agribusiness Advisory Services, IFC, The World Bank Group

04:15 pm -04:25 pm

Japanese Investment for Seafood sector growth in Bangladesh

Mr. Sawada Islam

Director, Japan Fast Trade Ltd (JFTL)

04:25 pm –

04:40 pm

Digitization of Bangladesh Seafood Supply-Chain: existing challenges and future potentiality prioritizing e-traceability

Dr. Venkat Maroju

Chief Executive Officer, STI Solution LLC (SourceTrace), USA

04:40 pm –

04:50 pm

Opportunities to investment in Economic Zones

Mr. Saleh Ahmed

Executive Member

Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA)

04:50 pm –

05:15 pm

Q &A

05:15 pm – 05:25 pm

Closing remarks by the Chair

Mr. Lokman Hossain Miah

Executive Chairman (Senior Secretary), Bangladesh Investment Development Authority

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM

Guest Arrival and Networking

2:55 PM - 3:00 PM

Safety Briefing

3:00 PM - 3:05 PM

Welcome Speech and Panel Introduction by Moderetor

3:05 PM - 3:15 PM

Speech by Session Chair

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

A journey to establish neuclius center of SPF Monodon in India

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Good practices and recent innovation in SPF monodom brood stock management

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Tea Break and Networking

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

All male golda PL production in RAS Hatchery

4:45 PM - 4:55 PM

Closing Speech by Bangladeshi Business Person

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remark


Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay

Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia

Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay

Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia

Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay

Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia

Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay

Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia