Bangladesh textile sector fear losing global competitiveness after using LNG

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-02-20 15:00:00 – Dhaka

The four-day mega expo on textile machinery Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition (DTG) 2017 is set to kick off at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the city on Thursday.

Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) President Tapan Chowdhury addressing a press conference on the upcoming DTG -2017 in the city on Sunday said that the government is going to establish a LNG terminal in Kutubdia Island to supply imported gas to the industry people as the country fears of finishing its natural gas stock in near future.

However, it would be very difficult to remain competitive in the global markets after using LNG in the manufacturing units as it would increase the production cost, said Tapan.

They are yet to get any clarification about the possible LNG pricing and other related process although they have heard that per unit gas may cost Tk14, which would hit hard the spinning industry.

Tapan, also a former advisor to a caretaker government said that despite political stability and comparatively low bank interest rates, the private sector investment growth is still not up to the expected level.

The scarcity of land and insufficient gas and electricity connections are now being considered as the barriers to the private sector investment in the country.

Currently, country’s textile industry has an investment of US$6 billion while RMG and textile sector contribute about 86% of total export and textile industry’s contribution to GDP is 13%.

As the sector people are not getting the connection for the expansion of their existing business, it would hurt the apparel industry as the textile industry is the source of raw materials for the sector, he added.

BTMA along with Yorkers Trade and Marketing Services, Chan Chao International will organise the upcoming DTG show where a total of 1,000 machinery manufacturers from 33 countries will be participating.

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