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Leather village to be set up in Ctg: BEZA chief

CHITTAGONG, Jan 9, 2017 (BSS) - Executive chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Paban Chowdhury today announced that a leather village would be set up in Chittagong to help bring back the lost glory of leather industry in the port city.

He said the BEZA would provide 300 to 500 acres of land to set up a leather village and many foreign firms have already expressed their eagerness in this sector.

"There are only two leather institutions in Chittagong. We want to change Chittagong and bring back its lost glory of leather industry", Paban added.

The BEZA Executive Chairman said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of three-day Development Fair at the practice ground of city's M A Aziz Stadium this morning.

Chittagong District Administration organized the Fair on the occasion of the Home Coming Day of the father of nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Paban Chowdhury said BEZA has a plan to set up 100 economic zones across the country and majority of them would be developed in Chittagong.

"We are developing economic zones in Mirsarai and Anowara and two lakh people from this region will get job opportunities after setting up of these economic zones", he pointed out. Underscoring different development programmes of the present government, the BEZA executive chairman said the government is discovering new work sectors in order to provide the unemployed youths with jobs.

Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mohammad Shamsul Arefin presided over the inaugural function while Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Chittagong range, Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, Superintendent of Police (SP), Chittagong district, Nur-E-Alam Mina, Chittagong district commander of Muktiojuddha Sangsad Sahab Uddin and city commander Mozaffar Ahmed, among others, addressed it as the special guests.

Earlier, a colourful grand rally started from Circuit House premises and concluded at the fair venue.

Organisers said a total of 107 stalls of 95 government and non-government organisations are taking part in the fair to showcase their development products.