Discussion held on proposed Northeast BD Economic Corridor
Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a consultation workshop at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday to garner stakeholders' feedback on the proposed Northeast Bangladesh Economic Corridor.
Planning Minister Muhammad Abdul Mannan was present in the event as the chief guest. Prime Minister's Advisor for Private Sector Industries and Investment Salman F Rahman, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) at Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Abul Kalam Azad were special guests.
Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman of BIDA and Manmohan Parkash, ADB Country Director co-chaired the event.
Manmohan Parkash speaking on the occasion laid emphasis on the need for comprehensive development of the economic corridor with coordinated and holistic development of industry, infrastructure and urban and rural areas.
The study will identify developing potential industries in the region and propose infrastructure and urban services needs for planned industrial development. It will also outline solutions for inclusive and regionally balanced high economic growth, Parkash said.
Over 130 participants took part on the workshop. It includes government officials, development experts, researchers and representatives of development partners.
The discussion in the workshop focused on matters on the proposed economic corridor to pull up the region by spreading new industries and developing road and energy infrastructure to link the region with ports and shipping lines.
The workshop was held ahead of launching a study on the economic corridor for detailing development priorities of the region. The Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund of the Chinese government funded the workshop.