Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton has sought foreign investment in Rajshahi for boosting its socio-economic condition.
Rajshahi has enormous prospects of foreign investment as it is enriched with natural resources including surplus agricultural production, he said. Foreign investment can be the vital means of bolstering economic condition, he added.
Liton made the observations while sharing views with a Canada-based investment team and members of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI) at the mayor's City Bhaban office in Rajshahi yesterday.
Taking part in the discussion, the investment team leader, Monoj Bishwash, discussed the issue of generating 100 megawatts of solar power in the vast Padma riverbed.
He also put forward a proposal of boosting revenue earning of the city corporation through capacity building.
The mayor called for more industries in the region for strengthening its economy, and at the same time, improving the living condition of people.
Adequate industrialisation could be an effective means of more employment generation and the best uses of the surplus agricultural production, he said.
The mayor advocated for resolving the existing problems and obstacles so that an industrial environment is ensured, which can encourage more investors from both home and abroad.
Liton also focused on the agricultural potential of the region with special emphasis on value added agro-processing opportunities and agro-based industries.
It could add to the industrialisation efforts of agro-based and agro-processing industries in the region for a sustainable and well-formed linkage of production, processing and marketing, he said.
RCCI President Mohammad Muniruzzaman said the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is for establishing more industries in Rajshahi to lessen the pressure on Dhaka.
RCCI Vice President Masudur Rahman and Director Farid Uddin and representative of Fing International Mijanur Rahman were present at the meeting.