The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) will host the BEPZA International Investors Summit 2018 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday, aiming to inform people about BEPZA's success during the tenure of the current government.
The summit will also highlight the achievement of the country's investments, exports and employment through BEPZA, its special role in strengthening the economic base of the country through the establishment of a peaceful environment and a friendly industrial climate that ensures secure investments, industrialization, and low cost national export and Foreign Direct Investment.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the BEPZA Economic Zone via video conference to unveil the foundation stone, and will visit the exhibition stall of Export Processing Zone (EPZ) products.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on May 2017 between BEPZA and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) for establishing a new area of investment to set up an economic zone in Mirsarai, Chittagong on 1,150 acres of allocated land.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed are expected to be present as special guests at the summit.
The summit will also include a plenary session with two panel discussions titled “Investment Friendly Bangladesh: Road to the Ease of Doing Business” and “Social & Environment Compliance and Safety Issues”, moderated by Principal Coordinator of Sustainable Development Goals to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Md Abul Kalam Azad and Principal Secretary to PMO Md Nojibur Rahman.
The third phase of the show will include a cultural event and a fashion show organized by EPZ workers.
Comprised of a total of eight EPZs in the country, from 2009 to 2017, BEPZA has attained over $3 billion in investments, $45.24 billion in exports, generated employment for 283,620 workers, and established 179 new operating industries.
The ceremony will be presided over by the Executive Chairman of BEPZA, Major General Mohd Habibur Rahman Khan.
Around 700 investors from 38 countries, diplomats from 24 countries, members of BEPZA Governor Board, Chief of Army, Air force and Navy, VC of Dhaka University and BUET and 600 workers of EPZ are expected to be present at the program.