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No gas crisis after 2018: Tofail

DHAKA, Mar 6, 2017 (BSS)- Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said there will be no gas crisis in the country after the completion of the construction work of the floating LNG terminal in deep-sea by 2018.

"Construction of the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) terminal will be completed by 2018 and natural gas will be imported from Qatar to meet the demand of the country," the commerce minister told journalists after holding a view-exchange meeting with Qatar ambassador to Bangladesh Ahmed Mohamed Al-Dehaimi here.

Tofail said Qatar proposed to boost economic, trade and technical relations with Bangladesh and both the countries agreed to work jointly in those areas for mutual benefits.

He said Bangladesh exported products worth US$33.27 million to Qatar last year against its import of US$139.30 million.

The commerce minister said Qatar has expressed interest to increase its investment in Bangladesh as it considers Bangladesh as a safe place for investment. The entrepreneurs of Qatar will be given a suitable special economic zone for investment, he added.

Tofail said both the countries have been working on removing double taxation to boost bilateral trade.

Replying to a question the commerce minister said steps have been taken to select a suitable land in Uttara for the construction of 'BGMEA Bhaban". The government will take steps as per the verdict of the country's highest court," he added.

Acting commerce secretary Shubhasish Basu was present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)