CHITTAGONG, Mar 19: The government is implementing 100 industrial zones at different places across the country to bring the scattered industries sector-wise in a planned way to provide all necessary supports from the government and also boost up an environment friendly industrialisation.
The government has formulated the National Industrial Policy 2016 under which new industrial sectors would be flourished that will play greater role in the national economy. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said this while inaugurating the 25th Chittagong International Trade Fair at the Polo Ground (Stadium) in the port city.
Mr Amu, an influential member in the government's policy-making, was speaking as chief guest at the month-long CITF that started today at the same venue organised by the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a premier trade body of the country.
Chittagong City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and acting president of the FBCCI Md Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) spoke on the occasion as special guests. The CCCI president Mahbubul Alam chaired the inaugural function while senior vice president and chairman of the CITF 2017 Nurun Newaz Selim gave the opening address.
The senior minister of the government said the contribution of the overall industrial sector to the national GDP was 31.54 per cent in the last fiscal year 2015-16 and 30.42% in 2014-15, with the 25% contribution of the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) sector.
Quoting BBS (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics) data he said the manufacturing sector contributed 21.01% in the fiscal year 2015-16 at the annual growth rate of 11.69%.
The National Industrial Policy 2016 will help tremendously in the GDP in the next few years to build Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and rich country well ahead of 2041, he said.
He said that the country is quickly developing under the able leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she is committed to build an exploitation-free society that was the ultimate goal of her father and father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who led this country to independence.
The Minister said the per capita income of the country was only US$ 570 when Sheikh Hasina came to power in 2009 but now the per capita income has risen up to $ 1470. And the world leaders have acknowledged that the development of Bangladesh is a miracle.
He said that the government has built up an environment-friendly leather industry zone at Savar to save the citizens of Dhaka from the pollution of Hazaribag tanneries.
"Works on the separate industrial zones are going on smoothly for chemical, plastic and light engineering sectors through the BSCIC (Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation). Besides, his ministry is working to set up a separate industrial zone for the ship recycling industry on a vast area in seven mouzas of Sitakunda," he said.
City Mayor emphasized on the capacity building of the Chittagong Port as the port's activities are growing very fast every year but no visible development of facilities and infrastructure could take place over the last six years.
He said that the businesses are suffering a lot due to gas shortage despite the government's sincere effort to mitigate the problem. The gas problem will be solved by the end of 2018 as the government is working speedily to build the LNG (liquefied natural gas) station and its pipeline for import of LNG.
Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) said the country's export basket has enriched over the years but a huge potential remains untapped as yet as we could not enter the CIS (Commonwealth Independent States) countries that is a huge market for our products.
He emphasized on strengthening the diplomatic ties with the countries and expediting activities of the Bangladesh embassies in different countries. firstname.lastname@example.org