CHITTAGONG, Feb. 12 (UNB): Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed Sunday said it would be helpful for the port city to become a business-friendly city if the management of Shah Amanat International Airport is handed over to Thai Airways, report agencies.
"It will also encourage foreign entrepreneurs to invest more in the port city," he said while addressing a press conference at the CCCI auditorium on the eve of the month-long 14th Chittagong International Trade Fair that begins here on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said international airlines are not using the Shah Amanat Airport due to mismanagement and for lack of skill of the authorities of the Civil Aviation and Bangladesh Biman.
The management of Shah Amanat Airport was to be handed over to Thai Airways on February 1, but the government has deferred it to March 1 due to protests by the officers and employees of the Airport and Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury against the decision.
The CCCI president said the construction work of the World Trade Centre in Chittagong, under the management of the Chamber, is expected to begin at the end of the current month.
A total of 320 stalls in 30 pavilions are being set up at the Railway Polo Ground for the 14th International Industrial Products Fair. The stalls include 53 Thai, 18 Pakistani and 11 Chinese.
Detailing the achievement of the CITF the CCCI president said the event, largest international trade fair in the country has been a total success in terms of enthusiastic participation by leading local, foreign and multinational business and manufacturing enterprises of Asia, Europe, the USA and African countries.