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Staff Correspondent
Several Chinese companies have shown interest to invest in Bangladesh’s high-tech industries.
Some 20 Chinese companies, now in capital Dhaka, came up with their interest to invest in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
A total of 35 delegations from 20 Chinese companies of Dezhou City of Shandong Province informed the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA), in this regard on Tuesday.
Hosne Ara Begum, managing director of BHTPA, highlighting the areas of direct investment in the country, said that foreign investment is increasing gradually. China can take more opportunities in terms of making investments in high-tech parks here, she added. Identifying the vast opportunities of investment in the country’s high tech parks she said, the present situation of the country is extremely investment friendly.
“The export of ICT products being produced in the Kaliakoir Hi-Tech Park has already started,” she said adding that a Sri Lankan company will start assembling laptops there soon.
According to BHTPA information, land in the high-tech parks is being leased out at nominal prices. In addition, measures have been taken to provide various incentive facilities for investment.
Barrister Golam Sarwar Bhuiyan, project director of Sylhet High-Tech Park City, also invited investment from the Chinese companies. He said, BHTPA is ready to provide all sorts of facilities if they want to invest here. Besides, other high-tech park project directors also highlighted investment opportunities in their respective projects.
Representatives of Chinese companies expressed interest in becoming partners in the country’s growth. They said, China is now the world’s largest economy. They are willing to work sincerely in the development of the country.
Director of BHTPA Dr Khandaker Ajijul Islam said, the authority has started online one-stop service. As a result, if the Chinese companies want to invest, all processes can be completed more easily and faster. BHTPA is always ready to help with all kinds of support.
The country wants to become a hardware and software manufacturing country, and to this end, the government is building several high-tech parks countrywide to attract foreign direct investment.
The government has a plan to earn $5 billion annually by exporting ICT products, and create one million jobs by 2021.