Friday, September 4, 2009

Govt working hard to establish an industrialised Bangladesh by 2021 : Barua

Business Report "Government is keen to provide all-out assistance to strengthen the country's iron and metal sector because of its significance in economic development," Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said while inaugurating a workshop on "Global Enterprises Network of Iron and Metal Industries (GENII) Project in Bangladesh"Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) and GENII project funded by European Union jointly organized the workshop at the DCCI auditorium.Dilip Barua said the government is working hard to establish an industrialized Bangladesh by 2021. As per the guidelines of 'Vision 2021' announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the industry minister said the government will ensure e- governance in all sectors.Mentioning that Bangladesh has a long history of using iron and metal, Industries Minister also said, growth in the iron and metal sector will help diversify country's export. . Danish Ambassador Einar Hebogaard Jensen also spoke on the occasion with DCCI President Zafar Osman in the chair. Referring to GENII project, Dilip Barua hoped that it would facilitate the formation of a business network among companies from Bangladesh, China, Sweden and Denmark. The country's ship building industry has already attracted the European market, he said adding the government's industry friendly policy will open new avenues in future. Einar Jessen said, besides garment, Bangladesh needs to diversify its export items, iron and metal sector can help achieve this goal. Meanwhile the country has proved its potentiality in ship building sector what can earn valuable foreign exchange. Zafar Osman said under GENII project an internet based portal will facilitate the formation of business network of iron and metal companies. Over 300 industrial units in the country are engaged in producing billets, wire rods, seamless tube, beams, rails, boilers, merchant ships, railway coaches and wagons etc. Iron and metal sector can add a new value towards building an industrialized Bangladesh, he added. Source : The New Nation

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