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21 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 June, 2019 10:59:10 PM
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developing economy by 2041

Salman wants emphasis on economic zones

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
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Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister Salman F Rahman poses for a group photograph at the launching of a prospectus for plot allocation at Jamalpur economic zone at a hotel in the capital yesterday. Independent Photo

The Prime Minister’s (PM's) adviser on private industries and investment, Salman F Rahman, has said that to become a middle-income economy by 2021 and a developing economy by 2041, Bangladesh must give more emphasis on the country’s economic zones. "If we can ensure getting investment in these economic zones from home and abroad, we can reach our ultimate goal," he said. Rahman, who is also a member of Parliament (MP), was speaking as chief guest at a programme titled "Launching of Prospectus for Plot Allocation at Jamalpur Economic Zone" at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital yesterday (Thursday). It was organised by the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA).

“We have been getting responses from international investors for the economic zones. There are three types of economic zones—government, non-government and country-specific. Several countries have already set up economic zones in Bangladesh in the country-specific category. Many others are waiting to launch such zones,” said Rahman.  He also said industries cannot be set up like mushrooms. “We have to follow government instructions,” he added.

Rahman further said the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era was approaching fast. For that, young businessmen, as well as workers, would have to be skilled in technological aspects, especially in computer programming and the coding system. Otherwise, it will be difficult to surviv in the new era, he noted.

He said about 2.5 billion people are connected by social media through technology. “For that, we have to work and always be updated on technology. When the Jamalpur Economic Zone will be operational, about 32,000 people will get the opportunity to work there,” he added.

Md Abdul Kalam Azad, principal coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, said there will not be any problem during land allocation at the Jamalpur Economic Zone. Those who will submit application for land will get the opportunity after scrutiny of all required papers, he ascertained.

“The government has taken an initiative to train skills to all the workers at the economic zones,” said he.

Preparation for all types of utility service for the Jamalpur Economic Zone has already been completed. “There has been a complaint about poor electricity supply. We will talk to the authorities for improve the electricity quality,” said Abdul Kalam Azad.

BEZA executive (secretary) chairman Paban Chowdhury said: “We have targeted creating 10 million jobs directly and indirectly by 2030. Bangladesh is not alone now. We are now a part of the global village.”

“To dominate the global village economy, we must emphasise Bangladesh’s economic zones. To achieve this goal, the  government has taken various steps, including setting up of 100 special economic zones,” he said.

Local MP of Jamalpur district, Mirza Azam, urged investors from home and abroad to invest at the Jamalpur Economic Zone and assured them that local politicians will not create obstacles.

There was a video presentation at the event.

 

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