Proposal to set up 17 economic zones cleared
18 February 2015, Nirapad News: The government on Wednesday approved a proposal for setting up 17 economic zones, including three private ones, in different parts of Bangladesh to attract both local and foreign investments to boost the country’s economy.
The decision was taken at the second meeting of the Governing Board of Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the city with BEZA Governing Board Chairman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The 17 approved economic zones are at Sreepur in Gazipur, Sabrang Tourism SEZ in Cox’s Bazar, Anwara SEZ-2 in Chittagong, Dhaka IT SEZ in Keraniganj, Jamalpur, Narayanganj, Bhola, Ashuganj, Panchagarh, Narsingdi, Manikganj, Kushtia, Barisal, Nilphamari, Private Economic Zone in Narsingdi, Abdul Monem Private Economic Zone in Munshiganj and another Private Special Economic Zone in Munshiganj.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s press secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury said the meeting also approved a special stimulus package for attracting both local and foreign investors. Of the 17 economic zones, three are private economic zones and one each exclusively for Chinese and Japanese investors, according to a news agency.