Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman has said an economic corridor in the north-western part of Bangladesh will expedite the country’s development process. He was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Consultation workshop on Bangladesh Economic Corridor’ at a city hotel yesterday.
Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) jointly organised the programme. The ADB has expressed its interest to invest in establishing an economic corridor in the north-western zone of the country. The bank has conducted a study on the potentials of a number of north-western districts like Sylhet, Habiganj and Kishoreganj. Terming this a good initiative, Salman said, “This concept of economic corridor in the country’s north-western part is very important as we want to become a developed country by 2041. By leaving out the north-western region, this graduation will not be possible.”
The PM adviser also stressed the importance of developing tourism in that part of the country. A well-developed tourism sector could be a part of that economic corridor, he opined. Speaking at the programme, Planning Minister AMA Mannan said the country has already shown success in conducting region-wise development. “A concrete plan for north-western part would enhance our economic success,” the minister said.
Manmohan Prokash, ADB Country Director in Bangladesh, said, “If we set up economic corridor here, it will enhance all sorts of industries including the tourism and small and medium sized industries here.”