Demand for plastic goods industrial park in Keraniganj
Release Date: May 25, 2017
“We are working on a project at Sirajdikhan, Munshiganj at a cost of Tk133 crore on over 50 acres of land, to be completed by 2018,” said Amu at the inauguration of the International Plastic Fair 2017 in Dhaka on Wednesday as the chief guest.
The fair is being held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The proposed park in Sirajdikhan is expected to create jobs for about 18,000 workers, Amu said.
He emphasised the need of eco-friendly green industrialisation in the country.
Manufacturers and exporters of plastic products demanded establishing an industrial park for the sector in Keraniganj near Dhaka city.
In his address, Md Jasim Uddin, president of Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BPGMEA), demanded an industrial park for the sector in Keraniganj.
“We have set the Road Map 2030 for the plastic sector to make it a modern, technology-based and eco-friendly industry,”He said: “To implement the road map, the sector needs a dedicated industrial park to be designed with modern technology and equipment.”BPGMEA chief said as the use of plastic goods continued to increase, the export of the products was expected to increase manifold in the years to come. He called for removing value-added tax on plastic toys, offering tax holiday on plastic industry, business promotion council, introducing universal packaging law and vocational curriculum.
He also urged the government to strengthen lobby to restore Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) from the US government.
The Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BPGMEA) and Chan Chao International Co, Ltd jointly organised the exhibition. A total of 14 countries including Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam and UAE would take part in the exhibition organised by BPGMEA. Exhibitors are displaying modern technology and machinery including plastic household items, packaging materials, plastic toys, pharmaceuticals items, furniture, melamine, garment accessories and PP woven bags, etc.
The four-day-long will continue until Saturday with some 400 stalls of 246 companies this year.
Md Jasim Uddin said: “We have begun at least 12 courses to produce skilled manpower. Besides, we are working with Environment Department and World Bank to develop the sector as environment friendly.”
State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Private Sector Development Salman F Rahman and Executive Director (overseas) of Chan Chan Int’l Co Ltd Judy Wang were also present.
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