Emphasis should be given on promoting more silk export from the region for making its economy vibrant coupled with elevating its socio-economic condition through earning more foreign currencies, said speakers at a participatory discussion in Rajshahi Tuesday.
They mentioned that boosting production of local yarn can help bolstering the export list coupled with revitalising the silk sector to regain its lost legacy alongside meeting the existing local demands.
They also stressed the need for enhancing export items through establishing industries based on agricultural and non-agricultural products in the region by utilising government initiatives aimed at earning foreign currency.
The observations came at a view-sharing meeting styled "Boosting Production of Silk Products in Rajshahi region and its Export" held at Regional office of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
Vice-chairman of EPB Begum Mafruha Sultana attended and addressed the meeting as chief guest with its Director Abdur Rouf in the chair.
Among others, President of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Md Moniruzzaman and President of Bangladesh Silk Industries Owners Association Liakat Ali also spoke.
Begum Mafruha Sultana narrated the aspects of boosting silk export volume. Highlighting the present export position of agro-products sectors of the country and their global market, she asked the bankers to come forward with fund.
She said the export list should be enriched with the induction of new products.
Begum Mafruha underscored the need for setting up small and cottage industries with financial cooperation from commercial banks.
Taking part in the open discussion, the local businessmen and entrepreneurs called for extensive financing and other requisite facilities to the region's business sector.
They emphasized the need for ensuring a full-length business- friendly climate for flourishing export business.
Terming adequate promotion of business as vital means of making the region economically prosperous the business leaders said priority should be given to overcome the existing problems related to business environment.