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Chattogram becoming a business hub of South Asia

The region, which has a history of 1,200 years, must be developed in line with the prime minister’s 100-year delta plan

With massive development projects undertaken by the government to create an investment-friendly environment, Chattogram is becoming a commercial hub despite problems like waterlogging and traffic congestion, opined stakeholders at a webinar arranged by The Business Standard.

They, however, criticised the authorities for not having a master plan and necessary management skills to implement the development goals.

Representatives of the civil society, urban planners, architects, academics and businessmen participated in the webinar hosted on 30 December to discuss the livability and investment environment in Chattogram.

Shakhawat Liton, deputy executive editor of The Business Standard, moderated the webinar.

Mahbubul Alam, president, Chattogram Chamber of Commerce

Development projects, including Matarbari Deep Sea Port, Mirsarai Economic Zone, Karnaphuli Tunnel, Cox’s Bazar Rail Line, Chattogram Port Bay Terminal, Patenga Container Terminal etc, combined worth more than Tk1 lakh crore are being carried out in Chattogram. As it is a commercial hub of the country, it is important that the projects here are completed on time.

A new jetty and a bay terminal at the port have to be constructed. If these construction works are not done, the benefits of a commercial city will not be available. The divisional offices in Chattogram need to be empowered. The local offices should have the power of decision-making.

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