Saifuzzaman for setting up climate-friendly cement industry

DHAKA With the call for setting up climate-friendly

cement industry, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury today said the

government is committed to tackling climate change impact and achieving SDGs

in the context of country's national development framework and goals.

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty and

accelerating economic growth. Now it is time to move towards environment

friendly cement industry, he said while addressing as the chief guest at a

three-day 'International Cement Industry Conference', organized by INTERCEM

in association with the 'Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers' Association (BCMA)'

at a hotel here, a press release said.

The minister said sustained economic growth has rapidly increased the

demand for urbanization, industrialization and energy which lead to huge

opportunities for the cement industry to expand and progress.

The conference is attended by cement manufacturers from United States,

Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India,

Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Malta, Nepal, The Netherlands, Oman,

Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, and

Vietnam including Bangladesh.

The government is establishing 100 economic zones across the country

supported by one stop services as well as other basic infrastructures such as

modern road connectivity, electricity, gas and security, Saifuzzaman said,

adding that it (government) will welcome investment in these economic zones.

BCMA President Alamgir Kabir, INTERCEM Chief Executive Malcolm

Shelbourne, along with the entrepreneurs, businesspersons, executives, and

other stakeholders of the cement manufacturing industry from home and abroad

were present at the event.

The ongoing conference is expected to provide a forum for cement

industry executives from across the region to meet, network and access

market-leading presentations and forecasts on developments in Bangladesh and

across Asia.

Bangladesh is the 40th largest Cement market in the world and the

world's biggest clinker import market, while also a major cement

manufacturing country, according to the release. Once a cement importer,

Bangladesh is now a cement exporting nation, it added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)