Chattogram inching towards taping new possibilities : US Envoy
S M Akash, Chattogram Correspondent
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller, said “I am fascinated by the geographical diversity and features as well as the aesthetics of the city of Chattogram, which is surrounded by mountains, rivers and seas, and one of the oldest commercial seaports in Asia. For this reason, merchants, tourists and traders from different parts of the world have come to Chattogram in the distant past. Therefore, since then, the identity, appreciation, importance and fame of Chattogram has been appreciated all over the world. The next steps will be taken after investing and feasibility study, especially in education, health, ICT and tourism.
He said this during paying a courtesy call on Chattogram City Corporation Mayor Rezaul Karim Chowdhury at the latter’s office in the port city on Wednesday. Various matters on mutual interest of Bangladesh-America were discussed in the meeting.
During the time, He further added that, “We believe that Chattogram will soon be integrated as an effective link of regional and global connectivity in the way big projects have been and are being implemented. If the participation of the world’s major economic powers is ensured in all the economic zones that have developed here, its positive impact will be reflected not only in Bangladesh or the region, but globally.
At the occasion, US Ambassador discussed about the situation and problems of the deported Rohingyas from Myanmar and the current situation and level of Covid-19 infection with CCC Mayor.
Chattogram City Corporation Mayor Rezaul Karim Chowdhury welcomed US Ambassador Earl Miller and said that Chattogram is now becoming a global asset due to the sincere interest of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The tunnel built through the Karnafuli bottom is going to turn Chattogram into a ‘One City to Town’. If the railway is extended to Cox’s Bazar, it will open the door of communication to China through Myanmar. The economic zones of Mirsarai and South Chattogram will show signs of industrialization. The whole of Chattogram will shine in the tourism industry. Therefore, our big task and responsibility now is to create a favorable environment for domestic and foreign investment.
This work must be done collectively. This requires the support and participation of global economic powers. He added that, More than 20 per cent of the people in the country have already been vaccinated against corona and the government is hopeful that 80 per cent of the people will be vaccinated by next March. He thanked the US administration for its overall cooperation, including the provision of vaccines to prevent corona.
During the time, CCC Chief Executive Officer Md Shahidul Alam, Mayor’s Private Secretary Muhammad Abul Hashem, Chief Engineer Rafiqul Islam Manik, US Embassy Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs Scott A. Brandon, Economic and Commercial Specialist Shahinur Sikder were also present at the occasion.