Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government will set up two more leather industrial parks in Chattogram and Rajshahi for unlocking the huge potentials of the country’s leather sector if her party is reelected in the next election.
“I want to establish two more leather industrial parks alongside tanneries in Rajshahi and Chattogram…. we’ve already asked (the authorities concerned) to find out suitable places for establishing such parks,” she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS)-2018 in the city.
Mentioning that the government has already set up a modern leather industrial estate in Savar, the Prime Minister said if her government returns to power through the upcoming election, it will surely set up the two more parks.
The Ministry of Commerce and the Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturer & Exporter’s Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) jointly arranged the three-day show at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The country’s leading manufacturers and exporters are showcasing their leather footwear, leather goods and accessories at the second edition of the exhibition.
The Prime Minister said the country’s leather sector has huge potentials and Bangladesh will have to tap that.
Sheikh Hasina said Awami League government does not go to do business, but it creates business-friendly environment and scopes for businesspeople.
Later, the Prime Minister opened the exhibition and visited its different pavilions.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Commerce Senior Secretary Shubhashish Bose and President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) spoke on the occasion, while LFMEAB President Md Saiful Islam delivered the welcome speech.
At the event, an audio-visual presentation was screened focusing on leather and footwear industry of Bangladesh.
The first edition of BLLISS was held in 2017 for connecting international buyers and brands with local manufacturers and exporters.