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No Ramadan price rises.

News Desk Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged businesses not to raise prices of essentials, particularly mass-consumed sugar and edible oils, during Ramadan which usually sees a business binge. Inaugurating special economic zones and industrial-development activities-meant for spurring economic growth and generating jobs for hordes in the queue-she also vowed that there would no jobless youths in Bangladesh in the near future. She made the video call at a function arranged Wednesday at her Ganobhaban office for the inauguration and laying the foundation stones of 65 development activities of economic zones. Through the videoconferencing the Prime Minister inaugurated 11 economic zones (prepared for setting up industries) and the commercial manufacturing of 16 industrial units, and laid the foundation stones of another 13 economic zones, 20 industrial units and five ongoing development projects being implemented by Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA).

'I would like to request you so that there's no crisis of sugar and edible oil in the upcoming Ramadan. It's my request to you all," she said while exchanging views with chairman of Meghna Group of Industries Mostafa Kamal. He is also the owner of Meghna Industrial Economic Zone in Sonargaon area, close by the capital.

The Prime Minister also made the same request while exchanging views with the owner of Abdul Monem Economic Zone located in Munshiganj. PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman was present at the function arranged by BEZA. Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) at Prime Minister's Office Md Abul Kalam Azad conducted the event while BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech. An audiovisual presentation was made on the occasion on the activities of economic zones, which are in a basket of 100 such industrial turfs undertaken for implementation in phases to tap domestic and foreign investments. Earlier in her introductory speech, the Prime Minister stressed the need for protecting arable land by not setting up industries haphazardly. She said the government is setting up 100 economic zones in the country for specific industrial zoning so that croplands are not destroyed.

'We've scarcity of land. We'll have to produce food protecting arable lands," Sheikh Hasina told her audience. She said Bangladesh achieved huge development in the last one decade due to proper plans of the government.

'The salient feature of the country's ongoing development is that the grassroots people are enjoying the benefits of this development." The PM said the government has taken measures to explore local markets for locally-produced goods by increasing the purchasing capacity of the people, not only depending on export.

'You, who are running industries, can definitely see that a market has been created in the own country as the socioeconomic condition of the country's people improved," she said, adding that they can catch the markets of neighbouring countries as the government is improving connectivity with them through BBIN connectivity and BCIM economic corridor. Reaffirming that the main goal of all government activities is to create jobs, the Prime Minister said, "No youth will remain unemployed. They'll get training. We're ensuring training and education for them." During the exchange of views with stakeholders of Mirsarai Economic Zone, the Prime Minister also said she would not allow acquiring any cropland for setting up economic zones or industries.

The 11 economic zones inaugurated are Mongla Economic Zone in Bagerhat, Meghna Economic Zone, Meghna Industrial Economic Zone, Aman Economic Zone and City Economic Zone in Narayanganj, Abdul Monem Economic Zone in Munshiganj, Bay Economic Zone in Gazipur, Kishoreganj Economic Zone in Kishoreganj, East West Special Economic Zone in Dhaka, Karnaphuli Dry Dock Special Economic Zone in Chattogram and Srihatta Economic Zone in Moulvibazar.

The 13 economic zones the foundation stones of which were laid are Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Estate (comprised of Mirsarai, Sitakunda and Feni economic zones) in Chattogram and Feni, Mirsarai Economic Zone-2A, BGMEA Garments Park (Mirsarai) in Chattogram, Mongla Economic Zone-2 in Bagerhat, Moheshkhali Economic Zone in Cox's Bazar, Jamalpur Economic Zone in Jamalpur, Sirajnganj Economic Zone in Sirajganj, Akij Economic Zone in Mymensingh, Cumilla Economic Zone in Cumilla, Bashundhara Special Economic Zone (Keraniganj) and Arisha Economic Zone in Dhaka, and Standard Global Economic Zone and Hosendi Economic Zone in Munshiganj.
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Publication:The News Today (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
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Date:Apr 4, 2019
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