Committee to oversee tannery relocation

Published:  27 January, 2014

The government in Bangladesh is seeking to form a working committee to speed-up the long-awaited relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh within the city of Dhaka to the Savar area on the outskirts.

The committee would be comprised of high officials from the Industries Ministry and Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (Bscic) and representatives of tannery owners.

“This working committee will closely monitor the process of tannery relocation and resolve administrative problems,” Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu told a meeting on Development of Tannery Industry, Tannery Relocation and Footwear & Leather Goods Industries in Dhaka on January 26.

He said the project of Savar tannery estate will be extended and plots will also be given to the owners who did not get plot from the existing project.

Pointing out different problems, Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLGFEA) President Abu Taher demanded arrangement of easy loan, incentives on export of crust and finished leather, and opportunity to reschedule loans.

In the last fiscal year, Bangladesh earned $982 million by exporting footwear products.

After a decade of delays due to disagreements between the authorities and tannery owners over the costs of the tannery relocation, the Bscic, Bangladesh Tanners Association and the BFLGFEA recently signed an agreement to move.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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