Published:  12:51 AM, 07 November 2019

'Set up climate-friendly cement industry'

'Set up climate-friendly cement industry' Saifuzzaman Chowdhury

With the call for setting up climate-friendly cement industry, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury on Wednesday said the government is committed to tackling climate change impact and achieving SDGs in the context of country's national development framework and goals.

"Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty and accelerating economic growth. Now it is time to move towards environment friendly cement industry", he said while addressing as the chief guest at a three-day 'International Cement Industry Conference', organized by INTERCEM in association with the 'Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers' Association (BCMA)' at a hotel in the capital, according to press release, reports BSS.

The minister said sustained economic growth has rapidly increased the demand for urbanization, industrialization and energy which lead to huge opportunities for the cement industry to expand and progress.

The conference is attended by cement manufacturers from United States, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Malta, Nepal, The Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, and Vietnam including Bangladesh.

The government is establishing 100 economic zones across the country supported by one stop services as well as other basic infrastructures such as modern road connectivity, electricity, gas and security, Saifuzzaman said, adding that it (government) will welcome investment in these economic zones.

BCMA President Alamgir Kabir, INTERCEM Chief Executive Malcolm Shelbourne, along with the entrepreneurs, businesspersons, executives, and other stakeholders of the cement manufacturing industry from home and abroad were present at the event.

The ongoing conference is expected to provide a forum for cement industry executives from across the region to meet, network and access market-leading presentations and forecasts on developments in Bangladesh and across Asia.

Bangladesh is the 40th largest Cement market in the world and the world's biggest clinker import market, while also a major cement manufacturing country, according to the release. Once a cement importer, Bangladesh is now a cement exporting nation, it added.

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