Special focus on waste management, environment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday reassured the business community of extending all sorts of support to their any necessity, urging them to set up industries by giving special attention to waste management and environment, reports BSS.

“Our government is business-friendly government. We always remain beside the business people … they’ll do business and we’ll extend cooperation to their work,” she said. The premier was addressing as the chief guest the National Export Trophy for 2016-17 fiscal year distribution function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Sunday afternoon.

The Commerce Ministry and the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) jointly organised the function chaired by Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi. The Prime Minister said the business people will have to give a special focus on waste management and environment while establishing mills and factories.

“I would like to request you that you’ll have to make arrangements for waste management from the beginning… it’ll help protect environment and ensure welfare for the country and people,” she said. In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said water reservoirs will have to be kept for rainwater storage and so that their water could be used in extinguishing fire or during any other accident.

“Environment of the concerned mills and factories and the surrounding areas remains good if any water reservoir persists,” she added. Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Commerce Ministry Tofail Ahmed was present at the function as the special guest, while FBCCI President Sheikh Fazley Fahim and Commerce Ministry’s Senior Secretary Mafizul Islam also spoke.

EPB Vice-Chairman Fatima Yasmin delivered the welcome address. At the function, a documentary on ‘Export of Bangladesh’ was screened. Ministers, PM’s advisers, parliament members, business leaders, high civil and military officials were present at the function. The Prime Minister handed over 66 trophies — 29 gold, 21 silver and 16 bronze — in 28 categories to 66 companies for their outstanding performance in the export sector. Zaber and Zobaer Fabrics were awarded a gold medal as the highest exporter company in FY 2016-17.