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.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB)- Local brand, Walton on Wednesday unveiled smartphone with 6 gigabyte of RAM and started pre-booking of the device.
The new smartphone ‘Primo X5’ was unveiled at a function at Walton Corporate Office in the city on Wednesday.
Deputy CEO of Grameenphone Yasir Azman, Head of Device Sarder Showkat Ali, Walton Group Directors SM Ashraful Alam, SM Mahbubul Alam and Tahmina Afrose Tanna, Walton Digi-Tech Industries Ltd. Managing Director SM Monjurul Alam and Head of Walton Cellular Phone S M Rejoan Alam unveiled the flagship smartphone.
Walton Group Executive Directors Eva Rezwana, Amdadul Hoque Sarker, Nazrul Islam Sarker, S. M. Zahid Hasan, Deputy Executive Director Uday Hakim, Operative Director Firoj Alam and Head of Cellular Phone Sales Asifur Rahman Khan were among others present on the occasion.
The Primo X5 at tk 24,999 is opened for pre-order where customers can pre-book the handset paying only tk 2,500 from all Walton Plaza, brand outlets, Grameenphone sales channel My GP and online shop Wowbox.
For each purchase customers will get gift vouchers worth of tk 3,000 by which they can purchase products from Walton outlets.
In addition, Grameenphone subscribers who will buy and insert their SIM card on the handset will immediately get 6 GB data free. They can also buy additional 4 GB internet at 99 BDT only for maximum 30 times in next 3 months.
Customers will enjoy instant replacement warranty for 30 days along with 1.5-year service warranty for the pre-booking of the device.
The premium metal frame designed smartphone features a 5.99-inch full-view IPS display with the screen regulations of 2160X1080 pixels. It sports 64-bit 2GHz Octa-Core processor, Mali-G-71 GPU, 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64 GB internal storage with expandable memory up to 256 GB.
The Blue color handset features 13 and 5 mega pixel dual rear cameras along with another 16 MP front camera with LED flash on both sides. Operated by Android 8.1 Oreo, it sports 3450 mAh battery for whole day power back-up.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Describing Bangladesh as a land of flowers, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (Bida) Kazi M Aminul Islam on Thursday underscored the need for policy support and infrastructure development to boost its export.
“The flower sector of Bangladesh has experienced an exponential growth. As flower has a large global market, we need to enter the international flower market with best quality flowers at a competitive price,” he said.
The Bida chairman further said, “If we get proper technology support, policy guidelines, research, access to finance, adequate infrastructure, modern packaging system and cold chain management, we’ll be able to brand Bangladesh as a land of flowers.”
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a three-day International Flower Exhibition and Conference-2018 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital as the chief guest.
The exhibition will remain open from 10am to 8pm every day until Saturday.
Supported by USAID, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in association with Bangladesh Flower Society organised the event.
Additional Secretary to the Agriculture Ministry Md Abdur Rouf was present as a special guest at the opening ceremony with DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan in the chair.
Aminul Islam also underlined the importance of streamlining right regulatory policy and guidelines for the flower sector. “Besides, there should be private sector investment for the development of the flower sector,” he said, adding that an organisation named Bangladesh Flower Growers’ and Exporters’ Association could be formed to boost the flower industry.
He also urged the government to sign trade agreements with those companies who are the market leaders in the international flower industry.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said in Bangladesh, the agriculture sector contributes 14.32 percent of GDP. “Flower is an important component of agriculture and is a multibillion-dollar industry in many countries.”
“The size of local flower market has reached $US150 million. Our flower export is growing over 10 percent reaching $US86,000 in 2018,” he said.
He also called upon the government to declare the flower sector as a thrust sector.
Consultant of USAID and former Agriculture Secretary Anwar Faruque urged the private sector to invest in the flower sector.
President of Bangladesh Flower Society Abdur Rahim said the flower market is of Tk 1,200 crore which remains still untapped.
USAID Director Thomas Pope said Bangladesh has achieved a robust growth in the flower sector recently, assuring all possible support from the USAID for the development of the flower industry.
DCCI Senior Vice-president Kamrul Islam, Vice-president Riyadh Hossain and its former President Mahbubur Rahman were also present there.
Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNB)- The local electronics and electrical appliances manufacturer ‘Marcel’ has been experiencing growing demand of its LED and Smart televisions across the country.
Nasima Akhter, principal officer of Marcel, said they are manufacturing world-class LED and Smart televisions with advanced machineries and technologies. They are using latest technology’s panels and ultra-narrow bezel in Marcel televisions, she said, adding new models of Smart televisions with the latest operating system ‘Android 7’ has been released in the local market.
The sales of Marcel televisions have jumped up by about 25 percent from January to November compared to the previous years.
Marcel is offering 6-month replacement warranty on its televisions and two years warranty for panel and spare parts.
At its factory in Chandra of Gazipur, Marcel has been manufacturing more than 40 models of televisions of 19, 20, 24, 28, 32, 39, 43, 49 and 55-inch. Of which, three models of 32-inch and four models of 24-inch were newly released.
The local brand also released some new models of 32, 39 and 43-inch Smart TV with latest operating system ‘Android 7’. Each of these new models is featured with 1GB RAM and 8 GB ROM.
Dr Md Shakhwat Hossen, head of Sales of Marcel products, said they are marketing world’s latest technology’s LED and Smart TV at reasonable rates in the local market.
Md Al Mahmud Hossain, senior assistant director of Marcel RnD, said, they are manufacturing LED and Smart televisions under their own supervision through strongly following the global standard. Thus, Marcel TV achieved certification on quality standard by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Testing Certificate from Standard Organization of Nigeria Product Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP).
He also mentioned that high quality panels are being used in Marcel Internet-based Android Smart TV. Marcel is manufacturing HADS (High Advance Super Dimension Switch) and IPS (In Plan Switching) panels in ISO class seven dust free clean room, which ensure the quality and durability of the panels. As a result, viewers will get high viewing angle and high contrast pictures. Moreover, the Marcel TVs are huge power efficient.
Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNB)- US-Bangla Airlines, one of the leading private airlines of the country will resume its flights from Dhaka to Bangkok from February 1, next year.
Four flights will be operated on Dhaka - Bangkok route on every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with return journeys.
One-way minimum fare will be tk 12,994 and return fare tk 17,908 including all taxes and surcharges.
The 164-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft will fly on Dhaka-Bangkok-Dhaka where eight seats will be business-class and 156 economy-class.
From March 31, 2019, the airlines will add one more flight on the route.