Speakers on Wednesday urged the Bangladesh government to formulate a packaging act for growth of the country’s plastic industry.
They were speaking at the inaugural session of the four-day International Plastic Fair 2018 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
In addition to focusing on green growth, the government should provide assistance to the plastic industry and address popular misconceptions about plastic products that the items are unrecyclable, environmentally harmful and a major component of wastes that must be landfilled or burned.
Salman F Rahman, private sector development affairs adviser to the prime minister, asked the authorities of Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BPGMEA) to prepare a draft act for the industry.
“We unilaterally depend on garment products for our export earnings, which can never help ensure a sustainable economic growth. So, the government should focus on expansion and development of the plastic sector.”
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said Bangladesh’s plastic sector would receive preferential treatment during the fair.
“The plastic sector has emerged as one of the important industries due mainly to the hard labour of people employed in it. After fulfilling domestic demands, this sector is now contributing large amounts to our annual export earnings.”
He added that the government was giving a 10% cash incentive on the export of plastic items.
BPGMEA President Md Jashim Uddin said they had already set up the Road Map 2030 for the sector’s growth in an attempt to turn it into a modern, technology-based and eco-friendly industry.