Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Wednesday said ship recycling is contributing significantly to the national economy as the sector is supplying raw material to the steel and re-rolling mills.
"As a labour intensive industry, ship recycling is contributing significantly to the national economy by creating jobs and increasing earnings," said Amu while speaking at the closing session of a workshop in the capital, reports BSS.
Industries ministry organized the workshop titles 'Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling/SENSREC' with additional secretary Begum Parag in the chair. Joint secretary Begum Yasmin Sultana, Norwegian ambassador in Dhaka Ms Sidsel Bleken and Dr Stefan Micallef of International Maritime Organization also spoke on the occasion.
Amu said the government has already taken steps to ensure a safe working place for ship recycling industry. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the ship recycling as industry in 2011 as part of the government move to ensure green growth and green economy, he said, adding that the industries ministry has been implementing safe and environment friendly environment for the ship recycling.