BGMEA President Faruque Hassan has stressed the need for continuing enhancement of the capacity and efficiency of air cargo handling to meet the growing demand of air transportation and contribute to further economic growth in Bangladesh.
While addressing a panel discussion at the Bangladesh Aviation Summit 2023 held in Dhaka on Wednesday, he said, “Bangladesh aims to pursue a higher growth vision where export-oriented industrial sector will play a vital role in spurring the economic development.
“Our economy is growing, so are the import-exports and investment, requiring the capacity expansion of infrastructure in the country.”
The BGMEA president added, “Bangladesh has witnessed remarkable development in terms of infrastructure under the visionary leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to pave the way for building a more prosperous Bangladesh.
“It will play a significant role in seizing enormous opportunities that lie ahead of Bangladesh.”
The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry of Bangladesh, in collaboration with the UK and France, organised the Bangladesh Aviation Summit-2023. The world’s renowned aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, supported organising the summit.
Mahbubul Anam, Managing Director, Expo Freight Limited and Bernard de l’Estoile, Freighter Marketing Director, Airbus Commercial also spoke at the panel titled “Unleashing the potential of Bangladesh’s air cargo market.”
In his speech, Faruque said in this fast fashion era where the less lead time the better, air cargo plays a complimentary role behind the growth of the RMG industry of Bangladesh.
“Dependency on air shipment in critical time is getting increased day by day,” he added.
He also said, “While sea freight constitutes most of our import and export trade, air freight is on the rise since our overall trade is increasing. To meet the demand of the buyers and lead time, we have to ship the goods by air.”
Also, there are some high-end fashionable and sensitive products that need to be transported very quickly by air, he further remarked.
He praised the government for taking the mega projects for upgrading airports in the country including construction of the third terminal of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, saying it would contribute to meeting the increasing demand of trade.
He called on the government to continue expanding the capacity and efficiency of air shipment and cargo handling in line with growing demand of the country.