Norway to provide technical assistance to formulate shipbuilding policy

DHAKA, Norway will provide technical assistance

in formulating policy to ensure safe and environment-friendly shipbuilding

industry in Bangladesh.

Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken expressed keen interest

at a meeting with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun at latter's

office here today.

The ambassador also apprised the minister of the interest of Norwegian

entrepreneurs in renewable and solar energy sector of Bangladesh.

During the meeting, they discussed various aspects of bilateral

cooperation in the sector including creating skilled manpower, efficient

utilization of water resources and investment-friendly laws.

Terming Norway as an important development partner for Bangladesh,

Industries Minister said the government has taken an initiative to establish

an industrial university aiming to create skilled manpower in the industrial


He hoped that the respective university would create world-class

manpower in developed countries including Norway in the days to come.

Norway can provide research, technology and technical support in this

regard, he added.

The Minister thanked the Norwegian Ambassador for showing interest in

building a policy for shipbuilding and development of private sector in


Industries Minister said Bangladesh is working to achieve the

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the leadership of Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina.

Special initiatives have been taken to achieve the 6, 9 and 12 number

SDG-targets of the industries, he said, adding that the present government is

formulating the policy to this end.

He also drew attention of the ambassador to take a joint collaboration

to identify bilateral assistance areas in the industrial sector.

Ambassador Bleken said that his country is eager to provide necessary

supports to the private sector to develop a 'Private Sector Development

Policy' for sustainable development.

Praising Bangladesh's investment-friendly policy framework, he said

This has created a sound and competitive environment for foreign investors

in Bangladesh.

Additional Secretary Begum Parag and senior officials of the ministry

were also present at the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)