CHATTOGRAM: Prime Minister’s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman observed that expected development of the country is not possible without industrialisation.
He said this while presiding over a seminar titled ‘Development Roadmap: Chattogram Division’ held in the port city’s World Trade Centre (WTC) on Monday.Awami League (AL) Central Finance and Planning Sub-committee in association with Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) organised the seminar to put up visions 2021 and 2041 set by the government at Bangabandhu Conference Hall of the WTC.
Lawmaker and the sub-committee Member Secretary Tipu Munshi conducted the seminar also attended by Patiya constituency lawmaker Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, AL sub-committee Assistant Secretaries Ziaul Abedin, Rajiur Reza Chowdhury Khokan, Saifullah Al-Mamun, Md Rajib Parvez, Members Dr Kanij Aklima Sultana, Fouzia Hoque, Sheikh Selim Reza, Chittagong University Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Shireen Akhter, CCCI President Mahbubul Alam and BGMEA Vice President Mohammad Nasir, among others.
Besides, representatives from different districts under Chattogram division also participated in the seminar.
CU Accounting Department Prof Dr Md Salim Uddin presented key-note paper on ‘Roadmap for Development: Promoting Sustainable Growth of Bangladesh, Agenda: Chattogram.’
Addressing the seminar, Dr Mashiur observed that the expected development will not be achieved if entire economy of the country depends on only agriculture.
Industrialisation is a must for the development, he said.Mashiur, also chairman of the AL sub-committee, said development doesn’t only increase growth, but also brings changes.
He underscored the need for increasing the capacity of Chittagong port, making Mongla and Payra ports more functional, utilising the demographic dividend, developing skills and creating employment opportunities, ensuring decrease in bank interest rate, connectivity and developing the system of revenue.
The adviser also urged all to work together for strengthening economic capability of the country.
Lawmaker Tipu Munshi said fortune of people of the country will be changed if the huge blue economy in the Bay of the Bengal can be utilised properly.
He also urged the authority concerned to take steps for making the country’s premier seaport more capable to cope with the increasing demand.
The AL sub-committee member secretary observed that there are huge potentials of ship-breaking and readymade garment industries in this region.
Chattogram-12 constituency lawmaker Shamsul Hoque stressed the need for setting up economic zones on the both banks of the river Karnaphuli, the lifeline of Chattogram, using its advantages.
He said the long-drawn waterlogging crisis in the port city will be addressed if works of capital dredging in the river is completed.