Industry

Business establishments generate employment for 30,000 people in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI Business establishments have generated

employment scopes for more than 30,000 people in all eight districts under

Rajshahi division during the last five years till June last.

Officials concerned said the people got the jobs in various fields like

enterprise development, skill development and training, industry ownership

transfer and establishment of new industries.

Investment to the industrial sector has gradually been increasing in the

region contributes to the field of its employment generation.

AKM Benjamin Riazi, Divisional Director of Bangladesh Investment

Development Authority (BIDA) said 372 industries were given registration with

investment of around Taka 52,140.86 million in the division.

Among other established industries, 262 auto-rice mills, 114 fish and

poultry feed mills and a four-star hotel are significant.

Another 75 industries are now on the implementation stage with financial

investment of around Taka 550 crore. Upon successful implementation of those,

employment opportunities for 3,500 people are expected to be created there,

he added.

Riazi said an initiative has been taken to create 3,000 new and skilled

entrepreneurs in the division within two years in line with one of the prime

minister's 10 initiatives -'Investment Development'.

We have set a target to build 100 powerful women entrepreneurs in the

city this year to mark the celebration of Mujib Barsho 2020, birth centenary

of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he added.

BIDA under its 'Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Project (ESDP)'

has started providing training to the interested youths to create

entrepreneurs both male and female for accelerating economic progress in the

region as the country as well.

President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries Md Muniruzzaman

told BSS that the number of new industries will increase furthermore if

requisite facilities are ensured.

Referring to enormous prospects of setting up of agro-based industries

here the chamber leader said need-based steps should be taken in this regard

as early as possible.

Building economic zone has become the demand of time. He called for

bringing all the existing potential sectors in Rajshahi under budgetary

allocation for its overall development.

The chamber leader said immediate steps should be taken to re-launch the

now partially-functioning Rajshahi Silk Factory for the sake of revitalizing

the silk sector.

He identically said two major tourism-enriched cities- Chattogram and

Cox's Bazar are detached from Rajshahi in terms of direct rail and air

communications. This odd situation must be removed.

There is an urgent need for direct railway connection between Rajshahi

and Chattogram and Mongla seaports.

President of Bangladesh Silk Industries Owners Association Liakat Ali

said if the Rajshahi Airport was upgraded to international standard, various

agro-products could be exported to various foreign countries including the

Middle East from here directly.

Thereby, regional economy will be bolstered. If we bring back

navigability in Padma River through capital dredging the river will be the

turning point for Rajshahi's development, he added.

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 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 the silk along with establishing

agro-processing industry, he said the business promotion organisations could

extend financial and technical support to this sector for proper utilisation

of the agro- products.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)