27. November 2010 6 27 /11 /November /2010 16:21
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday announced to start funding the growing
shipbuilding industry under a Tk 200 crore refining scheme at a single digit
interest rate to boost up the sector.
Bangladesh Bank is awaiting green
signal from the finance ministry in this regard, said Dilip.
addressing as the chief guest at the handing over ceremony of two of the largest
ice class vessels ever built in the country by Western Marine Shipyard (WMS) to
a German company at Chittagong Dry Dock Limited (CDDL).
Dilip said the
government is actively considering to establish a special shipbuilding
WMS Chairman Saiful Islam and Managing Director Sakhawat Hossain
formally handed over the two vessels to Markku Veder, owner of the German
company Grona Shipping GmbH.
State Secretary of the Federal Foreign
Office of Germany Martin Biesal said on showing this great technical and
engineering achievement, Bangladesh has come out of the group of least developed
He said it would encourage the potential German investors to
invest in Bangladesh.
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Holger Michael
said a new phase of Bangladesh has been marked with the emergence of the new
export industry of building ocean-going ships.
WMS Chairman Saiful Islam
said Bangladesh is once again retracing her glorious past by building
international class ships and exporting those to Europe.
sector could increase the country's GDP by at least 3 percent within the next
six years as the sector has been showing great potential to become the country's
largest foreign exchange earning sector, he said.
Markku Veder, Managing
Director of East Wind Project Management GmbH Lars Brennek, who has carried out
over 300 sea trials of ships, expressed satisfaction over the quality of the two
The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam thanked WMS management team
for achieving its target amidst all difficulties and challenges like electricity
shortages and others.
“With this, in a way a small achievement, we are
looking forward to a bigger horizon,” he said.
Three local lawmakers
Mainuddin Khan Badal, MA Latif and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury were also
Vice President of Germanischer Lloyd (GL) Fock Rothe, and AB
Bank Managing Director Kaiser A Chowdhury also spoke at the function.
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