Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) is going to allot 500 acres of land to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for setting up a well-planned readymade garments industry park in the Mirsarai economic zone of Chittagong to increase apparel export.
In this connection, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two organizations at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dhaka on 21 March. Under the memorandum, entrepreneurs will establish their industrial units or relocate there factories in the zone.
According to the MoU they will get all kind of facilities, including tax exemptions on business earnings. Investors will also enjoy exemptions from VAT on electricity and taxes on sale and self-generated or purchased electricity for 10 years.
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Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairman of the BEZA, said that this garments park will help the garment makers to earn $50 billion by 2021 and increase the export competitiveness of local apparel manufacturers through reducing the cost of transportation as the proposed park is located very close to the Chittagong port.
BGMEA has a target to export $50 billion worth of apparels by 2021, but it has no roadmap to achieve the target, Paban Chowdhury added.
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“We will offer competitive incentive package, one stop service and we will promote and protect investment in the economic zone for our valued investors,”said Paban Chowdhury.
BGMEA, President , Siddiqur Rahman said, “We will invest $2 billion for setting up RMG and garment accessories factories at the proposed garment park for generating employment for 5 lakh people”. He also said, “We will start the process of building factories within the end of this year. I hope the government will provide all types of entrepreneurial facilities at the park”.
“Anyone from home and abroad can purchase land at the zone for establishing garment factories,” he said.
Honorable Chief Guest Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator (SDGs) said, “It is one of the big milestone and opportunity for Bangladesh Garments sector.”
“We will make value added product from the basic items for achieving 50 billion target in garments sector by 2021. Very soon we will hiring fashion designer from Italy and USA for support our local fashion designer for making innovative items,” said Commerce Secretary, Shubhashish Bose.
Principal coordinator for SDGs of Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, BEZA Executive member M Emdadul Haque, former BGMEA President Md Atiqul Islam, Exporters Association of Bangladesh President Abdus Salam Murshedy were present, among others, at the programme.