Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton today said present government has been striving to set up three industrial estates in Rajshahi for improving its socio-economic condition through bolstering economic activities.
He said the government under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly for balanced development of the country as it is very much positive towards overall development of Rajshahi’s.
The Mayor made this observation while addressing a view-sharing meeting with industrialists of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) here at the city bhaban conference hall today as chief guest.
Industrialists Liakat Ali, Abdul Maleque, Syed Ahmed Jaki, Sazzad Ali and Aminul Islam also spoke.
Liton told the meeting that development works of the second industrial estate of BSCIC are progressing fast on 50 acres of land at Parila Kechuatoil area under Paba upazila in the district aimed at generating employment opportunities for above 5,000 people.
He said the development works are being implemented under a project titled “Rajshahi BSCIC Industrial Estate-2? involving around TK 172 crore including TK 105 crore for land development that will also help flourishing the industrial sector in the city and its outskirts.
BSCIC, Rajshahi Regional Office has been implementing the project with a target of developing 296 plots for accommodating 250 industrial units coupled with employment opportunities.
He said the government has taken the decision of providing industrial plots to the actual entrepreneurs as per the necessity.
Reminding the investment issue as one of the Prime Minister’s ten special initiatives he stressed the need of devising ways and means on how to boost the sector through creating more investment in all the potential fields.
Reviewing the existing problems with regard to setting up local enterprises and possible solutions to those, he sought the cooperation of all the authorities concerned for a flourishing industrial sector.
He dwelt on various issues like trade and business, industry, agriculture, power supply, import and export, SME development and expansion and bank interest rate.
Highlighting the enormous potential of establishing agro-processing industry, the mayor said the business promotion organizations could extend financial and technical support to this sector for proper utilization of the agro-products.
Referring to the agriculture sector, he observed that surplus production of vegetables and other seasonal fruits could be utilized properly through setting up agro-based export-processing zones in the region.
Taking part in the discussion the industrialists highlighted the importance of promoting investment and business sector and unequivocally called for ensuring a business-friendly atmosphere for substantial and sustainable development of the trade and business sector in Rajshahi.