Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday identified three sectors — shipbuilding, furniture and toys — as most potent manufacturing sectors of the country.
“Shipbuilding, furniture and toy sectors are our future assets that should be given due emphasis apart from conventional sectors like readymade garments, jute and frozen fish,” the minister said.
Muhith spoke while inaugurating a shipyard built by Khan Brothers Shipbuilding Ltd (KBSBL), one of the local shipbuilders, in Munshiganj.
The shipyard was built at Tk 150 crore on the Meghna river in Gazaria upazila.
The delivery of a tourist vessel built by the KBSBL to a local buyer coincided with the launch of the shipyard.
About the prospect of the shipbuilding industry, Muhith said public private partnership is the only way to give the sector further boost.
News agency UNB quoted Muhith as saying that the perennial power crisis in the country would be resolved by 2014.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua, Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Svend Olling, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry AK Azad, and KBSBL Chairman Enamul Kabir Khan also spoke.