Cambodia congratulated the achievement of BEPZA in contributing economic development of Bangladesh. This was expressed by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia during his visit in Dhaka EPZ, Savar on16-06-2014. He also praised the potential role of BEPZA in attracting foreign investment & boosting export of the country.
Major General Mohd. Habibur Rahman Khan, ndc, psc, the Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) warmly received the Cambodian Prime Minister in DEPZ. Expressing thanks and deep gratitude to the Prime Minister, in the welcome speech the Executive Chairman said that BEPZA has successfully traversed a long way of 30 years. EPZs started its journey in 1983 from Chittagong, then Dhaka EPZ in 1993. Later, four more EPZs namely Mongla, Comilla, Uttara (Nilphamari) and Ishwardi were set up in between 1999-2001. Afterwards, Adamjee EPZ near Dhaka and Karnaphuli EPZ in Chittagong have been established. Now it is prominent as a brand in the global market.
Highlighting the increasing success in investment and employment generation Major General Habib said, about 3,89,000 workers have been employed in 429 operating enterprises of 8 EPZs running under BEPZA and exported goods worth US$ 39,476 million. In the speech he mentioned Bangladesh EPZs as the ‘Bonanza for Investors’ and said that investors from 37 countries have invested US$ 3099.08 million in EPZs of the country.
He uttered, under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh the government has enacted EPZ Workers Welfare Association and Industrial relations Act, 2010 to ensure the rights and welfare of EPZ’s workers. The wages of the EPZ workers have been increased twice in the last 5 years considering the living cost and social status of the workers. Presently the minimum wages of the EPZ workers of Bangladesh is US$ 70. Industrial friendly peaceful investment climate is the main attraction of EPZ and the key strengths of EPZs are amicable cohesive teamwork & harmonious relations among Worker-Management-Owner, he added.
BEPZA Chief said, Cambodia is a friend of Bangladesh. Stating there is no Cambodian investment in the EPZs, he requested Cambodian investors through the Cambodian Prime Minister to invest in the EPZs of Bangladesh. He hoped that, this visit will play a significant role in building future investment relationship with BEPZA as well as between Bangladesh & Cambodia. He also hoped that, Cambodian entrepreneurs will come forward to invest in any suitable sector in EPZ which will pave trade relations between the countries.
Prime Minister Hun Sen went round M/s YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd., a Japanese Zipper manufacturing company along with delegations of high official’s. During visit, BEPZA Chief informed the Cambodian Prime Minister that presently 102 operating enterprises have invested US$ 1014.74 million and 89,000 workers have been employed in Dhaka EPZ. The Prime Minister of Cambodia keenly observed production system of the industry and praised the operational activities of the company.
Among the 27 members Cambodian delegation Mr. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affaris and International Co-operation along with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Minister of Culture and Fine Arts and others Ministers of different Ministry & high government official accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit. In addition Ashraful Kabir, General Manager, Dhaka EPZ, Nazma Binte Alamgir, General Manager (Public Relations) of BEPZA and other officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DEPZ were also present in the program.