CHT to turn into business hub: Menon

DHAKA, May 25, 2017 (BSS) - Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon today said the government had taken initiatives to make the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as a business hub for South and Southeast Asia using utmost potential of huge resources of the hilly region.

"The CHT, 10 percent of Bangladesh, is source of forestry, vegetables, fruits and raw materials of pharmaceuticals of the country. It has the potentials to become a business hub of this region," he said while addressing a workshop in the capital.

The minister said Chittagong Hill Tracts could be one of the major tourist destinations of the world for its natural beauty with hills, rivers, lakes and waterfalls.

"The government is working to build the CHT as an international standard tourist zone," he said.

The Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have jointly organised the workshop titled "Destination Management Plan" at a city hotel.

Presided over by CHT Affairs Secretary Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, the workshop was also addressed, among others, by Bandarban Hill District Council Chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla and economist Abul Barakat.

Later, the minister inaugurated a pilot project named "Himalaya" to uphold the diversity of ethnic groups of Ruma upazila in Bandarban district.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)