Speakers at a function on Saturday underscored the need for sufficient trained engineers in the light engineering industries to increase the productivity. They said there is a demand of $600-crore light engineering products
in the country. But the current production in the sector can meet only one-thirds of the demands The speakers observed that the country's economy will get a boost if the demands for the light engineering products can domestically be met.
They said these at the unveiling ceremony of a book and video training module published by Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Centre (BITAC).
BITAC and Bangladesh Engineering Industries Owners Samity jointly organised the programme at Dholaikhal in the city.
BITAC director general Abdul Matin and technical adviser of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) Yoshiaki Fujita, among others, addressed the function with Bangladesh Engineering Industries Owners Samity president Abdur Razzak in the chair.
Addressing on the occasion, Industries Minister Dilip Barua termed light engineering industries 'one of the driving forces of the country's economy'.
"The wheel of industrialisation is gathering speed depending on that industry," he said, adding that this is why the government has declared the sector as a priority one in the National Industrial Policy 2010.