Chittagong to be linked to BCIM corridor soon, says State Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Chittagong port will become an important growth centre of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor from Kolkata of India to Kunming of China, Mr. Shahriar Alam MP, State Minister for Foreign Affairs said in a seminar on Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor in Hotel Agrabad, Chittagong. The seminar was held on 25th March, 2014 and jointly organised by the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), BRAC University and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).
The State Minister said Bangladesh would extend transit facilities to India once it gains the capabilities like completion of the four-lane highway project and development in different sectors including traffic management. Emphasising on global connectivity, He also added due to expansion in economic relations, growth of regional countries grouped under the BCIM has resulted in the success of the Kolkata-Kunming Initiative. If the BCIM Economic Corridor is implemented, economies of the region will experience a robust growth.
Chaired by CCCI President Mr. Mahbubul Alam, the seminar was addressed by among others, Mr. Nurun Newaz Selim, Senior Vice President and Syed Jamal Ahmed, Vice President of the CCCI also spoke. Mr. Somnath Halder, Assistant High Commissioner of India in Chittagong; Mr. Liu Jinxin, Researcher, China Kunming Opening - Asia Transportation Logistics Research Institute; Syed Mahmudul Huq, Chairman, Bangladesh-Myanmar Business Promotion Council; Dr. Moinul Islam Mahmud, former director of CCCI and Mr. Lei Zhuning, Deputy Director of the China Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies addressed the seminar as penal discussants while the key-note speech was presented by Mr. Shahidul Islam, Research Fellow, IGS, BRAC University.
Terming Chittagong and Kunming sister cities and seeking ‘extra care’ for Chinese entrepreneurs in terms of investing in the port city as it is an important business hub, Mr. Li Jun said they hope Chittagong’s transportation and exportation facilities will get mordenised under joint collaboration of Bangladesh and China.
Mr. Majharul Islam Chowdhury, Director General of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Zahirul Islam Chowdhury, Mostafa Kamal Chowdhury, Md Ohid Seraj Chowdhury, Mahbubul Haque Chowdhury, Mohammad Amjad Hossain Chowdhuty, Directors Chittagong Chamber; reputed businessmen, senior civil society members attended the seminar.
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