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PM lays foundation stones for 10 economic zones

pmPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina today ( 28 February 2016) laid the foundation stones of 10 economic zones, the first of its kind in the country, as she sought cooperation of the local people to set up those zones fast to build a prosperous Bangladesh. The economic zones are Mirersarai Economic Zone, Sabrang Tourism Park, Srihatta Economic Zone, Mongla Economic Zone, AK Khan Economic Zone, Abdul Monem Economic Zone, Meghna Economic Zone, Meghna Industrial Economic Zone, Bay Economic Zone and Amra Economic Zone.

“I would like to urge local people to extend cooperation so that the investors could build the (economic) zones in a faster pace and ‘beautiful atmosphere’, and thus would help establish a hunger and poverty-free prosperous Bangladesh,” she said.

With the setting up of economic zones, she said, the ‘living standard’ of the people would be further developed as those will generate employment, alleviate poverty and infuse dynamism into the economy.

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stones of 10 economic zones through videoconferencing from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here this morning.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu and Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal addressed the function as the special guests, while Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain joined the videoconferencing from Mirsarai Economic Zone, Chittagong.

Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad delivered the welcome address, while Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury spoke.

Managing Director of PowerPac Economic Zone Private Limited Ron Haq Sikder, Managing Director of Aman Economic Zone Md Rafiqul Islam, Managing Director of Bay Economic Zone Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director of Meghna Economic Zone (EZ) and Meghna Industrial EZ Mostofa Kamal, Managing Director of AK Khan Economic Zone Salahuddin Kasem Khan and Managing Director of Abdul Monem Economic Zone ASM Mainuddin Monem also spoke at the function.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the development work of the economic zones at a function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) says these economic zones are part of its big plan to develop 100 such zones on 75000 acres and thus create jobs for 10 million people by 2030.

It says four private companies – AK Khan and Company, Abdul Monem Ltd, Bay Group and Meghna Group – have so far been issued prequalification licenses to set up five of the 10 inaugurated economic zones.

PowerPac, a unit of Sikder Group, will develop the 205-acre Mongla Economic Zone and operate it for 50 years.

Source: BSS/ Financial Express

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