Bangladesh to shift metropoli­tan fac­to­ries in­side EZs

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Bangladesh Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to move all its man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­to­ries lo­cated in its metropoli­tan cities, in­clud­ing the ready­made gar­ments, in­side the Eco­nomic Zones. The de­ci­sion, taken in a top task­force meet­ing to pre­serve the flow of rivers and their nav­i­ga­bil­ity on Fe­bru­ary

25, 2018, did not elab­o­rate when the move will come into ef­fect. A press brief­ing was ar­ranged af­ter the meet­ing was held at Bangladesh Sec­re­tariat. Land Min­is­ter Sham­sur Rah­man

Sharif, Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and For­est Anisul Is­lam Mah­mud, and State Min­is­ter for Power, En­ergy and Min­er­als, Nas­rul Hamid Bipu, were also present in the meet­ing. This (re­lo­ca­tion) will be ap­pli­ca­ble for all the metropoli­tan cities in­clud­ing cap­i­tal Dhaka, in­formed Ship­ping Min­is­ter Shah­ja­han Khan, Chief of the task­force, said in the brief­ing. “We will be float­ing out in­struc­tions in re­gard that no new in­dus­try will be al­lowed to be built in the big cities through­out Bangladesh,” he added. No­tably, Narayan­ganj, ad­ja­cent to the cap­i­tal city Dhaka, are two metropoli­tan cities teem­ing with gar­ment fac­to­ries.

Fa­zlee Shamim Eh­san, se­cond Vice Pres­i­dent of Bangladesh Knitwear Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BKMEA), who owns Fat­ul­lah Ap­par­els in Narayan­ganj, told Ap­parel On­line that his as­so­ci­a­tion would wel­come the move only if the Gov­ern­ment cre­ates an al­ter­na­tive first.

“The Gov­ern­ment must cre­ate a new in­dus­trial zone and then we will hap­pily move our fac­to­ries. But, with­out do­ing such, a move to re­lo­cate us or stop the es­tab­lish­ment of new fac­to­ries would be ex­tremely bad for the coun­try’s econ­omy,” he said.

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