PM inaugurates 50 factories, infrastructures at EZs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 50 industrial units and infrastructures at different economic zones on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

She unveiled their plaques joining an event through a video conference from her official residence Gono Bhaban.

Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) arranged the event at the country’s largest industrial estate ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar’ in Mirsarai of Chattogram.

Four industrial units have started production at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar while eight others at different privately-run Economic zones.

The government has been setting up 100 economic zones in different parts of the country. Some 10 million people are expected to be directly and indirectly employed in the economic zones. The government has set a target of goods production and export earnings worth around US$ 40 billion from the zones.

In the economic zones, 29 industrial establishments are already in commercial production and 61 others are under construction. So far, some 45,000 jobs have been created in the economic zones and about US$ 4 billion have been invested in the private economic zones.

Besides, the proposed investment in all economic zones is more than US$ 26 billion.

Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, PM’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, Chattogram-1 MP Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and President of Bangladesh Economic Zone Investors Association and also vice chairman of Bashundhara Group Safwan Sobhan also spoke at the function, while BEZA Executive Chairman Sheikh Yusuf Haroon delivered the welcome speech.