Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority

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The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ রপ্তানী প্রক্রিয়াকরণ এলাকা কর্তৃপক্ষ) is an agency of the Government of Bangladesh and is administered under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's Office. Its objective is to manage the various export processing zones in Bangladesh. BEPZA currently oversees the operations of eight export processing zones (EPZ). A ninth zone is scheduled to open in the future. Recently government has announced that in 15 years 100 new EPZ and SEZ will be established.[1]

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The Government provides numerous incentives for investors for opening factories in EPZs. For example, new factories enjoy tax holidays for 5 years. Also, labour unions and other activities that are often viewed detrimental to productivity, are banned inside the EPZs. In order to stimulate rapid economic growth of the country, particularly through industrialization, the government has adopted an 'Open Door Policy' to attract foreign investment to Bangladesh. The BEPZA is the official organ of the government to promote, attract and facilitate foreign investment in the EPZs. Besides, BEPZA as the competent Authority performs inspection & supervision of the compliances of the enterprises related to social & environmental issues, safety & security at work place in order to maintain harmonious labour-management & industrial relations in EPZs. The primary objective of an EPZ is to provide special areas where potential investors would find a congenial investment climate free from cumbersome procedures.

Export Processing Zones[edit]

Below is the list of export processing zones run by BEPZA:

Newly established and proposed economic zone[edit]

Recently Government has approved 37 new Economic zones, which consists governmental, non-governmental and Specialized Economic zone. Bangladesh government also announced 50pc tax relief in Hi-Tech parks, Economic Zones.[3]

  • Lakshmipur Special Economic Zone - LSEZ (Announced By PM Sheikh Hasina In 2017)
  • Sirajgong Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Bagerhat Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Mirsarai Economic Zone, Chittagong (Under construction)
  • Anowara (Gohira) Economic Zone, Chittagong (Under construction)
  • Srihotto Economic Zone, Maulavibazar (Under construction)
  • Sripur Economic Zone (Japanese Economic Zone),Gazipur (Under construction)
  • Sabrang Special Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Agailjhara Economic Zone, Barisal (Under construction)
  • Anowara Economic Zone-2, Chittagong (Under construction)
  • Jamalpur Economic Zone (Approved)
  • Narayangonj Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Narayangonj Economic Zone-2 (Under construction)
  • Bhola Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Ashuganj Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Kustia Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Panchagar Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Nilphamari Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Narshingdi Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Manikganj Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Dohar Economic Zone, Dhaka (Under construction)
  • Habigonj Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Shariatpur Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Jaliardip Economic Zone, Teknaf-Cox's bazzar (Under construction)
  • Natore Economic Zone (Under construction)
  • Maheskhali Economic Zone-1 (Under construction)
  • Maheskhali Economic Zone-2 (Under construction)
  • Maheskhali Economic Zone-3 (Under construction)
  • Cox'sbazar Free trade Zone (Maheskhali)(Under construction)
  • Shariatpur Economic Zone-2 (Under construction)

Non-government economic zone[edit]

Government also encouraged building of private economic zone. Some are under construction and some are operational.[1]

  • Meghna Industrial Economic Zone (Under Construction)
  • Meghna Economic Zone (Under Construction)
  • Fomcom non-governmental Economic Zone (Proposed)
  • A.K.Khan non-governmental Economic Zone (operational)
  • Abdul Monem Economic Zone (operational)
  • Comilla Economic Zone (operational)
  • Garments industrial park (operational)
  • Sonargaon Economic Zone (operational)[4]
  • PowerPac Economic Zone (Mongla)

Science and technology based economic zone[edit]

Bangladesh government Establishing Science and technology based Economic zone to attract foreign FDI. Some projects like Kaliakoir high tech park helped by World bank and DFID.[5][6]

  • Janata tower Software Park (Completed)
  • Jessore Software Technology Park (under construction)
  • Kaliakoir high tech park (Block development ongoing)
  • Keranigonj Special IT Economic Zone, Dhaka (Under construction)
  • Dhaka high tech park (proposed)
  • Khulna high tech park (proposed)
  • Rajhshahi high tech park (Land acquiring)
  • Sylhet Electronic City (Under Construction)
  • Sylhet high tech park (Land acquiring)
  • Chittagong high tech park (Land acquiring)
  • CUET IT business incubator centre, Chittagong (under construction)
  • Rangpur high tech park (Land acquiring)
  • Barisal high tech park (Land acquiring)
  • Mohakhali IT Village (Land acquiring)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meghna Group to build two economic zones". The Daily Star. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Profile of Mirsharai Economic Zone". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  3. ^ "50pc tax relief in Hi-Tech parks, Economic Zones". Risingbd. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Sonargaon Economic Zone gets pre-qualification licence". Dhaka Tribune. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  5. ^ Hi-Tech Park Bangladesh. "Hi-Tech Park Authority". htpbd.org.bd. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority- – বাংলাদেশ হাই-টেক পার্ক কর্তৃপক্ষ-". htpbd.org.bd. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.

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