Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi yesterday urged the business community in Chattogram to develop the port city into a world-class one.
He made the comment while inaugurating the 28th Chattogram International Trade Fair as its chief guest. The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) organised the fair at the Pologround.
"Chattogram is the lifeline of our economy. This is the international gateway. North-east India wants to use the port. Besides, Nepal and Bhutan also want to take advantage from our port," said the commerce minister.
So, Chattogram should be built as a world-class city, he added.
"Business politics is the global politics at the present time. Among the 10 green garment factories in the world, seven of them are in Bangladesh. The top sweater factory is also here. This is a pride for us," Tipu Munshi said.
The minister continued that during the Pakistan regime, there were no Bangladeshi businessmen.
"We have become businessmen after the birth of Bangladesh. Bangabandhu created Bangladesh from a small dot."
CCCI President Mahbubul Alam presided over the event while Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, parliamentarian MA Latif, FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim, and Chattogram Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Mahbubur Rahman, also spoke at the event.
After the inauguration, the invited guests visited different pavilions at the fair.
More than 400 local and international brands are exhibiting their products at the fair this year. The fair will remain open from 10am to 10pm every day, and the entry fee has been set at Tk15.