Owing to full swing progress braving the pandemic, Karnaphuli tunnel, which will connect Chattogram Port and Anwara upazila and cut the distance between Dhaka and Chattogram, is set to act as a harbinger of growth by turning the southern part of the port city into a business hub. A slew of large industrial plants have started lining up on the south bank of the River Karnaphuli as the country's maiden underwater expressway tunnel is expected to open to traffic this December – with 87% of work on it already complete. With the country’s leading outlet banding the opening of the country’s largest infrastructure undertaking recently as the “finest moment” for Honouable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina, inauguration of this tunnel along with a raft of game changing projects in the pipeline are set to become operational in a span of next six years, making a remarkable turnaround in the course of national progress.
Exports from Bangladesh hit an all-time high of $52.08 billion in the just-concluded fiscal year, giving much-needed breathing space to the country amid ongoing volatility in the foreign exchange regime. This is the first-time overseas sales went past the $50-billion mark, comfortably overshooting the target of $43.5 billion set for the fiscal year of 2021-22. In FY22, receipts were up 34.38% compared to a year ago, when exporters brought home $38.76 billion, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). Alone in June, the shipment stood at $4.908 billion, up 37.19% year-on-year, and the highest ever on record in a single month.
When majority of western countries and its bigger neighbourhoods suffered a major blow in terms of ensuring healthcare facilities and managing economic crisis, the prudent leadership of HPM Sheikh Hasina has helped Bangladesh stand out as a shining testament with country came up with lower death toll and much more stable economic conditions. With firm grit and courage, the Bangladesh premier, since assuming power back in 2009, has overseen an unprecedented growth story that has been inclusive too. With the opening of the Padma bridge, she has received widespread praises for this construction from international leaders and also earned a number of accolades from global organizations throughout last decade.
Large companies have now stepped up to cash in on so far unexploited business potentials in the country's southwestern region, thanks to the opening of Padma Bridge that has directly connected this part of the country with capital Dhaka. What actually are driving them to choose the region for investments are cheap labour, availability of raw materials for agro-based industries in particular, tax holiday for industries outside Dhaka and the newly-established direct highway routes across the Padma Bridge, say media reports. The southern region had long been attractive for cheaper and easier water transport but ,in absence of the newly inaugurated bridge, long ferry delays to cross the Padma had kept entrepreneurs away from going for investments there.
HPM Sheikh Hasina said her government has been establishing high-tech parks across the country mainly to strengthen the digital economy with a target of earning 5 billion dollars by 2025. "We have decided to set up high-tech parks aimed at flourishing the digital economy. Sajeeb Wazed Joy was behind the decision making," she said while addressing the second meeting of the Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority board of governors. Comparing the current earnings from digital market with that 13 years back, the Prime Minister said: "The size of the digital market was only 26 million (US) dollars 13 years back and now it stands at 1.4 billion (US) dollars and its export will surpass 5 billion (US) dollars by 2025 while employments will be generated for 30 lakh people."
Atomstroyexport as the General Contractor has entered a contract with a Russian company Sverdniikhimmash (SCERI JSC) for manufacturing and supplying hi-tech equipment to handle liquid radioactive waste at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. An agreement in this regard was recently signed between the two organizations in this regard. Under the contract, SCERI will design, manufacture and supply three drain water treatment plants, three deep evaporation plants, two cementation plants, two conditioning plants, two intermediary storage plants, WIR (waste ion resins) loading and unloading units, the container for WIR transportation. The equipment will be supplied to the Rooppur NPP site by the third quarter of 2023. SCERI experts will also support pre-commissioning work of the equipment.


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