Dhaka, December 6 (UNB) - Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Thursday said the industrial sector is now contributing 33.71% to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the country which was 17.77% in FY 2007-2008.
“We have noticed a positive change in the economic sector following good performance of the industry factories and various proper steps in the last five years. The country per capita income is now $1751 which $917 was in 2009” he also said.
The senior minister made these while addressing at a press briefing on the ministry’s success in the last five years held at his department on Thursday.
Amir Hossain Amu further said: “The country’s export income went up $36.67 billion in 2017-18 Fiscal Year which was $14.11 billion in FY2007-2008.
“To achieve sustainable and skill base industrialization, However, the ministry has taken various policy including National Industry policy-2016, Motorcycle industry development policy-2018, handicraft policy-2015, National Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Policy, Geographical Indication (GI) act 2013, and “Bangladesh Ship Recycling Bill, 2018”,” he added.
He further added that An Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) industrial park of public-private partnership was set up on more than 200 acre land costing Tk381 crore in Gazaria of Munsiganj. Raw materials of medicine will be produced on 42 plots in the city.
“Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) is being built on 400 acre land costing 628.10 crore in Sirajganj to strengthen rural economy. Around 100000 people will be employed in jobs there. Besides, the construction work of Light engineering, plastic, comical and printing industrial city is being continued in Dhaka and its surrounding areas,” he also said.
Amu further added that Re-rolling mill Dhaka steel workers limited under Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) has been stated again after 24 years and environment friendly Bangladesh Ship Recycling activities were announced as industry. Besides, we have become able to bring manufacturing position from motorcycle assembling system.
“A regional office of South Asian Regional Standers Organization (SARSO) has been set up for open business in the countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Besides, a bilateral investment agreement was signed between Bangladesh and Cambodia in the last five years. Meanwhile, database and apps have been prepared in the industrial factories of the country. Different information can be known about the boilers by using the apps,” the minister also added.