Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said a leather industry development authority will be formed to help thrive the country’s leather and leather goods sector.
“I am announcing a leather development authority for the development of the leather industry. We, the Prime Minister’s Office, will form a leather industry development authority separately,” she said, reports UNB.
The premier made this announcement while inaugurating the 4th edition of Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS-2023) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
But the BLLISS-2023 is being held at International Convention City Bashundhara till Saturday next.
Hasina said her government has a plan to develop area-based tannery industry (industrial estates) in several more places including Chattogram and Rajshahi in the country in phases.
“If we can do it (develop area-based tannery industry), the preservation, processing and use of leathers would go up. Because, it will develop as a big industry for us,” she said.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Senior Secretary of the Commerce Ministry Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Founder of Golden Chang Group James Ho and Founder and Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Group Jonathan Bobbett spoke on the occasion.
President of Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) Syed Nasim Manzur delivered the welcome speech.