Liaison Office refers to an establishment which does not get involved in any kind of commercial activity. Commercial activities have not been defined under the BIDA
Guideline though the Guideline suggests that Liaison Office cannot get involved in any kind of commercial activity. However, in general terms, commercial activities mean 'activities relating to income generation.
The Liaison office typically promotes the activities within Bangladesh of the parent office abroad as far as permitted by the Board of Investment, Dhaka, Bangladesh; without getting involved in income generating activities. Liaison offices can act as a strait of communication between Parent Office abroad and the parties in Bangladesh. It is not allowed to carry out any business, trade or industrial activity in Bangladesh.
Liaison office and representative office refer to the same entity in Bangladesh as their permitted activities and characteristics are more or less same and the establishment procedure is also the same under BIDA