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BEPZA, IBF to build hospital in KEPZ

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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BEPZA, IBF to build hospital in KEPZ
BEPZA Executive Director (Admin) Md. Zakir Hossain Chowdhury and IBF Executive Director Engr. Mohammad Ali sign an agreement at BEPZA Executive Office in the capital on Monday.

Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) signed an agreement with Islami Bank Foundation (IBF) to establish a hospital cum nursing institute.

The institute will be built in the unused land and buildings of Northern Area Reduction of Poverty Initiative (NARI) project in Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (KEPZ).

Md. Zakir Hossain Chowdhury, Executive Director (Admin) of BEPZA, and Engr. Mohammad Ali, Executive Director of IBF, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations at BEPZA Executive Office in Dhaka on Monday.

IBF will initially set up a hospital in the unused land and buildings of KEPZ and then move forward to build the hospital cum nursing institute.

The Executive Chairman of BEPZA Major General Abul Kalam Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, ndc, psc said BEPZA has been conducting different activities as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work along with contributing in the economic development of the country.

As a part of it, BEPZA signed this agreement with the IBF to set up the institute. He hoped that IBF would operate the institute for providing best services.

IBF Chairman Professor Qazi Shahidul Alam said they are playing an important role in providing health care services along with banking services. 

He hoped that people in this area would get better health care services by the establishment of the hospital in KEPZ.

"Employees of BEPZA and the EPZ workers will get health care services with special reduced prices from this hospital."

NARI project was undertaken to facilitate employment opportunities for vulnerable women particularly from the Northern part of Bangladesh especially from Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts in the EPZ enterprises.

Dormitory and training centres were constructed in Dhaka, Ishwardi and Karnaphuli EPZs under this project where around 10 thousand women received technical and life skill training.

After completion of the project, the buildings of KEPZ remained unused where BEPZA leased out these buildings to establish Hospital cum Nursing Training Institute.

Among others, Member (Investment Promotion) Ali Reza Mazid, Member (Engineering) Mohammad Faruque Alam, Member (Finance) Nafisa Banu, Executive Director (Public Relations) Nazma Binte Alamgir, Executive Director (KEPZ) Md. Jillur Rahman, and Independent Director of IBF Dr. Mohammad Saleh Jahur along with high officials of BEPZA and IBF were present during the signing ceremony.