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PM invites Dubai to conduct feasibility study on deep sea port at Ctg

26 October,2014

RTNN News Desk:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday invited the Dubai Port World (DP World) Authority to conduct a feasibility study on constructing a deep sea port at Paira Sea Port in Bangladesh.

 

The Prime Minister made the request when Chairman of the Dubai Port World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem met her at her hotel suite here.

 

During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on Dubai Port World Authority's investment in various sectors, especially in infrastructure development in Bangladesh.

 

After the meeting, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque briefed reporters. PM’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, PMO Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury were present.

 

The Foreign Secretary said Sheikh Hasina also requested the DP World to conduct a feasibility study on the construction of 150-km marine drive from Mirsarai to Teknaf and a special economic zone in Chittagong.

 

He said the construction of a deep sea port at Paira Sea Port in Patuakhali already in operation, a naval base and big power plant got a special focus during the meeting.

 

The Prime Minister said an ample scope has been created in the Bay of Bengal following reestablishment of Bangladesh's sovereignty over a vast maritime area after Bangladesh's win over maritime boundary disputes against India and Myanmar.

 

Responding positively to Bangladesh's request, the DP World Authority said they usually set up a Special Economic Zone near any sea port to make it viable and will send a delegation to Bangladesh soon for the next course of action.

 

Hasina welcomed the idea of constructing a special economic zone near the deep seaport and urged the DP World to conduct another feasibility study on constructing a big airport on reclaimed land in Bangladesh.

 

The DP World has a portfolio of over 65 marine terminals across six continents, including some new ones under construction in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

 

Container handling is the company’s core business and it generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, the DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) while the capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020.

 

The DP World has around 30,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide services.

 

(UNB)

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