Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds a meeting with Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu and other officials at the ministry on Sunday. Photo: BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today directed the industries ministry to conduct surveys in every district to select potential industrial sites to encourage investment from both home and abroad through creating other necessary facilities.
“You’ll (industries ministry) have to conduct surveys in each district to identify potential industrial sites through creating other necessary facilities so that the investors feel encouraged and don’t shy away,” she said.
The premier said this while exchanging views with the high officials of the industries ministry and its affiliated organisations at the conference room of the ministry.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu also spoke on the occasion. PM’s Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder, PMO Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and Ministry Secretary Mohammad Mainuddin Abdullah were, among others, present.
Stressing the need for further flourishing the country’s industries, the premier said new mills, factories and industrial zones will have to be built in the country based on the jute, textile, agro-products and other items as well as creating their local market, boosting exports and thus flourishing these industries.
Putting emphasis on setting up environment-friendly ‘green industries’, she said it is not always wise to pay heed to the environmentalists’ outcry to stop something because they do not always see the losses to the environment but often have their own political motivations.
In this connection, the prime minister strictly opposed the mushrooming of industries here and there and stressed following the necessary policies and guideline in allocating industrial plots.
Hasina said her government did not assume office to do business but to create scope for the businessmen and facilitate them. She said the necessary government purchase should have to be done from the state-owned enterprises to save them and save public funds, but if there is additional demand that could be met from the private sector.