Bangladesh is becoming more lucrative to more and more Chinese investors comparing to other South and South East Asian countries for its political stability and larger local market. "In recent years, many Chinese investors have chosen to invest in Bangladesh than other countries as political situation is more stable here besides the government's strong commitment to facilitate foreign investment," Caichunlei, a Chinese industrialist told recently. Caichunlei is one of the owners and managing director of Panda Shoes, a fully Chinese owned footwear factory in Gazipur that is producing three lakh shoes per month employing nearly 1,500 local employees.
"I have chosen Bangladesh to invest for two main reasons - friendly relationship of the two nations and huge local market in Bangladesh," he said, adding "Cheap labor is a fact here, but it is not all to invest." He said his company invested 10 million US dollars four years back to set up the factory. Currently, a new unit of the factory is being constructed and it would double the production capacity as well as local employment opportunity.
The Chinese entrepreneur said Bangladesh has huge population and their buying capacity is increasing as the country's economy is getting bigger day by day. "Our aim is to give cheap but quality footwear to Bangladeshi people. I have a dream to see that all Bangladeshi people could afford quality shoes one day."
The owner of Panda shoes has also a plan to supply quality shoes to Bangladesh market as low as Taka 500 only.Lauding the fast economic growth of Bangladesh, Caichunlei predicted that Bangladesh would be able to reach as like as present China within less than 20 years.
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