The Paira Port Authority today signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with two Chinese companies to expedite the development of country's third seaport in the southern district of Patuakhali.
The MoUs were signed at a function at the meeting room of shipping ministry in the city in the present of Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, said an official release.
The two Chinese companies are China Harbal Engineering Company Limited and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited.
The MoUs were signed for the construction of Paira Port main infrastructure, protection of bank and building dams, houses and health and education establishments.
Paira Port Authority Chairman-in-Charge Commodore M Saidur Rahman, China Harbal Engineering Company Limited Joint Managing Director ML Zeng Nanhai and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited Managing Director Li Shujiang signed the MoUs on behalf of their respective organizations. Shipping Secretary Ashok Madhab Roy was also present at the function, among others.
China Harbal Engineering Company Limited will construct the main infrastructure, including connecting bridges, roads, sewerage and railway links.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited will deal with the bank protection and construction of houses and education and health establishments.
The three development components will be implemented under G-to-G (government to government) cooperation.
Speaking on the occasion, the shipping minister said the Paira Port Authority today marched one step forward in the way of building a modern seaport by singing the MoUs.
Situation at Kalapara in Patuakhali, Paira Port has already started unloading goods in a limited scale.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the seaport on August 13 to expedite port activities in the country keeping pace with the rising national economic growth.
The government has undertaken short-term, mid-term and long-term plans to develop Paira Port as a world standard modern and green seaport by 2023.
The port is being constructed on more than 7,000 acres of land on the western bank of Barnabad channel.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)