Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (fourth from left) receives a token from Bangladesh Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BPCCI) President Rashed Maksud Khan during a call on January 21, 2015 at the Industry and Investments Building in Makati City. Khan led a 6-member delegation composed of top executives of key businesses in Bangladesh. Joining them are Philippine Trade and Investment Center in New Delhi Commercial Counselor John Paul B. Iňigo (left) and Philippine Ambassador to Bangladesh Vicente Vivencio T. Bandillo (second row,right side). With their sustainable economic growth, inclusive development strategy, and increasing young population, the Philippines and Bangladesh explore their growing trade and investment potentials to look for synergies and give a boost to bilateral economic relations. Khan said that next year, the BPCCI will send a bigger business delegation, and a joint economic commission meeting is also anticipated on the government-to-government level. PTIC-New Delhi, which supports the Philippines' trade and investment interests in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, has been closely collaborating with BPCCI to promote trade and investments between the Philippines and Bangladesh. In 2013, Bangladesh ranked as the Philippines’ 66th trading partner, 67th export market, and 56th import source. (DTI-PRU)