Open all factories, banks in industrial areas from tomorrow: FBCCI
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has called upon the government to allow them to reopen all types of industries and factories for the sake of investment, employment and to maintain the supply chain.
FBCCI President Md Jasim Uddin made the call today, a day after the government has decided to keep all the export-oriented factories and industries open from August 1 amid the strict lockdown.
He also urged the government to re-open all types of banks in the industrial areas from August 1, maintaining the health guidelines.
Realizing the need for banking services during the operation of industry and mills, all types of banks should be opened and operated five days a week in compliance with the health rules, Jasim said in a press release.
Earlier on Thursday, the apex trade body held a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam urged the government to allow them to reopen all factories, including export-oriented industries, citing that export might suffer severely for the continued restriction.
The leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association were present at the meeting.
Following their demand, the government on Friday decided to open only export-oriented industries during the lockdown.
According to a gazette notification of the Cabinet Division, all the export-oriented factories and industries will remain out of the purview of the restriction from 6am on August 1.
The FBCCI president also thanked the government to allow them to reopen export-oriented industries.