Malaysia offers $ 5-6bn for construction of Bangabandhu Airport
It also interested to hire 40,000 workers from Bangladesh
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Reported on: May 30, 2012 17:55 PM
Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) – Malaysia has offered to invest US$ 5-6 billion for the construction of the proposed Bangabandhu International Airport and submitted a proposal in this regard.
The visiting Malaysian team, led by the Malaysian Prime Minister’s special envoy for South Asia Dato S Samy Vellu, came up with the investment proposal during a meeting with Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Col (retd) Faruk Khan on Wednesday at the latter’s office.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Faruk Khan said Malaysia will provide 5-6 billion dollars for the construction of the Bangabandhu International Airport. The Malaysian delegation also submitted a written proposal in this regard at the meeting, he said.
Faruk Khan said the government has chosen seven sites for constructing the international airport. “If Char Janaza or Char Bilashpur in the vicinity of the Padma River is selected, it’ll be better. But there’s no doubt that the proposed airport will be built in and around the Padma Bridge.”
He said the government will embark on the project work as soon as the fund is available for its implementation.
The minister said the Malaysian team also expressed its interest to invest in the tourism sector of Bangladesh, especially Kuakata, Cox’s Bazar and the Sundarbans.
The delegation also expressed their willingness to invest for the development of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, if needed, under Public Private Partnership (PPP) or government-to-government agreement.
About their manpower import, the delegation told the minister that some 40,000 workers will be taken to Malaysia.
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Dhaka, May 30 (bdnews24.com) – Malaysia has written to Bangladesh that it wants to provide up to $6 billion for the construction of the proposed Bangabandhu International Airport.
A delegation of the Malaysian government, led by special envoy for South Asia Dato Seri S Samy Vellu, submitted the proposal to Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan on Wednesday.
The delegation expressed its interest to invest $5-6 billion in the project to build the airport, the Minister said.
"Malaysia will move to invest in the project if Bangladesh makes a final decision about the airport," he said.
The Malaysian delegation was informed that the government shortlisted seven places to build the airport and would start the work if it gets fund, Khan said.
The government had to step back from building the airport at Arial Bill in Munshiganj amid protests by local people.
Khan said the airport would be built under Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The minister said Bangladesh needed a new airport to accommodate increasing air traffic.
"A total of 7.5 million Bangladeshis are working abroad. The government has a plan to send five million more. The demand of domestic flights is increasing too," he said.
Malaysia also expressed its eagerness to inject money for the development of Shahjalal International Airport, the minister said.
He also urged them to invest in tourism sector and help improve tourism infrastructure in Kuakata and Cox's Bazar.