Global City First, Then Global Port

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The twin city concept will create new vistas of development for Bangladesh.

Mahabubul Alam
President, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry

For there to be a global standard port you first need to have a city which matches global standards. Chittagong is contributing in a large way to the development of tourism in Bangladesh. What will help further is if there are two cities on either side of the Karnaphuli River.
The twin city concept will create new vistas of development for Bangladesh. The BEZA (Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority) projects will also play a major role in this. If the land in Anwara is developed there will be two industrial zones with Mersari as an industrial satellite town and Chittagong will be the center of the development wave coming to Bangladesh. There is a youthful labor force of around one crore ten lac people who need to be properly utilized through employment in the incoming FDI projects and local investments. The Karnaphuli tunnel will play a key role in connecting the two cities on either side of the river.
Our burgeoning, hardworking labor force being one of our chief strengths, it’s high time we prioritize skill development. Industries being set up here need skilled labor and we can’t always import workers so it will be beneficial if we already have a skilled pool of workers here. We need more properly trained professionals like doctors and nurses who can actually meet global standards. We must also make sure the people who are getting trained receive ample opportunities here so they stay in the country instead of going abroad otherwise we will lose out.
Though it is being termed as the commercial capital of the country, Chittagong still has a long way to go. We need headquarters of private and state-owned businesses here in Chittagong as prompt decisions are required to speed up the business processes. The decision making power of the Managing Directors should be available at all times. This is especially required for the Shipping sector which can be further helped by the presence of the Ministry’s Head Office in this city. If this does not happen then the expected development will not take place and our progress will be stifled. If we can consider Bombay as a model for a city which is commercial capital then we need to build Chittagong as per that model. We can also look to New York or Karachi for what we should be following regarding the development of this city. The prerequisite for a world class port is a world class city.
The growth of the city requires the right infrastructural facilities. To prevent the overflow of water during wetter seasons, dikes should be constructed around the city. We have to save the Karnaphuli and prevent water logging, so massive dredging will be required. The Bay Terminal is a must to raise the capacity of the Chittagong Port and the Deep Sea Port will also be necessary to cope with the incoming wave of business and exports.

 

 

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