Govt to establish two new leather industrial zones in Rajshahi and Chittagong

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Bangladesh government will set up two more industrial zones in Rajshahi and Chittagong divisions to flourish the country’s leather industry. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced this in an opening ceremony of Bangladesh Leather footwear and Leather goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2017 at the ICCB in the city via videoconference from her official residence.

Figure 1: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates three-day Bangladesh Leather footwear and Leather goods International Sourcing Show.
Figure 1: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates three-day Bangladesh Leather footwear and Leather goods International Sourcing Show.

Prime Minister expected to basket $5 billion export earnings from the leather, leather goods and footwear sector out of the total export earnings of $60 billion, keeping in line with Vision 2021. Sheikh Hasina urged the foreign investors and buyers to invest more in Bangladesh leather sector and source more leather products from Bangladesh.

According to the experts, country’s leather and leather products industry is in the brinks of huge growth possibilities.

Figure 2: A visitor inspects different types of leather goods at the exhibition.
Figure 2: A visitor inspects different types of leather goods at the exhibition.

In the three-day exhibition, nearly 250 exhibitors from 15 countries, including India and China participated. Tanning leather, manufacturing footwear and leather goods machinery along with other components like dyes & chemicals, accessories and allied products displayed in the show to benefit all industrial sectors in Bangladesh.

Tipu Sultan, organizer and Managing Director of ASK Trade & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd said, “It is the best platform for buyers and exhibitors. Both size and volume of the exhibition has been increased in this trade fair. The increase in such volume is the evidence of modernization of leather and leather goods.”

Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed; acting FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim; diplomats, dignitaries and the leaders of different trade bodies were present at the opening ceremony.

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