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Mr. Khan, A visionary leader unleashed great potential through Payra Port in South Bengal

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Mr. Khan, A visionary leader unleashed great potential through Payra Port in South Bengal

The Current Shipping Minister of Government of Bangladesh Mr. Shajahan Khan. who is a visionary leader relentlessly working for development maritime sector of Bangladesh. In a brief biography. He was born on 1st January, 1952. His father late Advocate Moulavi Asmat Ali Khan was a respected politician, educationist, social worker and Member of Parliament. He passed the S S C examination from United Islamia high School, Madaripur in 1966 and H S C from MadaripurNazimuddinCollege in 1968. Shajhan Khan obtained Bachelor’s Degree from Govt.NazimuddinCollege under DhakaUniversity.

Shajahan Khan started student ploitics by joning the movement against the Hamidur Rahman education commission in 1964. He got inspired with the ideal of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman           in student politics. He was the elected Secretary of Chahatra Legue of Madaripur subdivision in 1966-67 and 1967-68 and President in 1970. He was the GS and VP of Nazimuddin College Student Union. Presently he is the Senior Vice President of Jatio Sramik League, Executive President of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, Convenor of ‘Garments Sramik Samannoy Parisad’ and President of ‘Muktijuddher Chetana Bastobayan Mancha’

Shajahan Khan was elected Member of Parliament of 9th Jatiya Sangsad election on 29th December, 2008 and took oath as a Cabinet Minister on 31st July, 2009 and got the charge of Ministry of Shipping. He has got the charge of the Ministry of Shipping and Liberation War Affairs in re-allocated election tenure cabinet on 21 November 2013.

Shajahan Khan was elected Member of Parliament of 10th Jatiya Sangsad election held on 5th January, 2014 and took oath as a Cabinet Minister on 12th January, 2014. He again has become minister for the Ministry of Shipping. Earlier he was elected MP for five times since 1986.

The only maritime professional newspaper of Bangladesh “Bay Trade Express” recently meet Mr. Khan to explore more about his dream and the Govt. planning for Maritime industry development in Bangladesh, folloning he exposed vis-a-vis BTE Editor.

Bay Trade Express:

For the 3rd time you have been elected as the Shipping Minister, and working hard for the development of Maritime sector. Undoubtedly, you have been successful in creating new dynamics in the economy. Let us know, what the Initial steps you had taken are, and what future plan do you have for this sector?

Mr. Khan:-

For ensuring luxury, riskless and safe river-ways I have been working with full dedication as responsible for Shipping Ministry on behalf of Awami League, led by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s commendable daughter, the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The present government has started novel epoch making steps to improve route conservation and water transportation. After a long 38 years, 14 dredgers are under construction and among them 3 dredgers are on their work. Another 11 dredgers construction activities are being continued, For hope this construction work will finish within this June’ 14. ‘Capital Dredging Activities’ are working continuously at expense of 11,470 (BDT) crore taka for 53 river route dredging for Inland river ways of navigability conservation and ensuring safety of transportation. After long 30 years, we have collected 2 salvage vessel whose capacity is 250 MT at expense of 356 cores and 65 lac for salvage of retrieval lurches and ships in case of accident. Besides dredging of river routes a GMDSS project for improved security of vessels plying in Inland & coastal waterways.

Bay Trade Express:

We know that the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Payra Seaport, which is the country’s third seaport, at Ramnabad Channel in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district. Please tell us more about this inauguration as we consider your this step a visionary leadership unleashing the possibility of many future seaports in the coastal region of Bangladesh.

Mr. Khan :-

The new seaport will bring new expectations and a new prospect for the country’s export and import business, shipping of goods and commodities and on the economy of the country.

The Prime Minister also paid a visit to the “BNS Sher-e-Bangla” at Ramnabad Channel, 316 km from the ChittagongPort and 340 km from the capital. PM also laid the foundation stone to mark the establishment of the new up-to-date self-reliant and completely operational naval base “BNS Sher-e-Bangla” having aviation amenities.This new navalbase also has a potential to be a submarine hub of the country.

We raised infrastructural facilities with the installation of pontoons and jetties initially to run PayraPort for handling bulk cargo ships in a limited scale. This new port gradually will be developed into an independent port to handle all kinds of vessels. We have arranged 16 acres of land to set up this new seaport to ease pressure on Chittagong port. Since independence, no other new seaport was built to cope with the growing pressure of cargo. Ramnabad channel at PayraRiver will be used to run this new seaport.

Bay Trade Express:

How this revolutionary initiative will influence our economic and social aspect and commercial activities?

Mr. Khan:-

It would create national and international network, make employment for the increasing youth segment of population, enhance economic and social development, augment commercial activities and provide facility to instant service for post disaster periods.

Infrastructure development, higher employment, increased living standard shall eventually help us to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable democratic society in this Country.

Bay Trade Express: 

Please tell us on the ou ‘Maritime safety week 2014’?

Mr. Khan :-

You know, since 2009 our government has been celebrating Maritime safety week create awareness among the owner associated with Inland Water Transport, Sailors (labor) and passengers aiming the safe river ways. Consequently, the Maritime safety week has been organized for the 6th time. This event through creating awareness can help us to reduce accidents in water ways.

Bay Trade Express: 

What is the future plan for increasing river safety?

Mr. Khan :-

All Inland river transport will be given registration and voyage license. We are ensuring life saving equipments for passengers and staffs; as well as reconstruction of Government body’s working organogram for this sector. I certification with of identity of driver and owners information of capacity and engine etc in progress, initiative for making updated database for all river transportation in our country has been taken.

7 Light house, costal radio station, and command & control center in Dhaka has been established under GMDSS project to enrich the river safety. A further project based in satellite & radio communication is also in progress.

Bay Trade Express: 

What are the major functions of the shipping sector: that you are currently focusing for the development of Maritime Industry in Bangladesh?

Mr. Khan:-

Ensure smooth, safe port uninterrupted inland water transportation through conservation of navigability of inland waterways, maintenance of vessel & facilities, and development and expansion of physical infrastructural facilities.

Manage ports, light houses, inland water-ways and river trade and its institutional development.

Manage mechanized water vessels, navigation and enactment of relevant legislation.

Provide appropriate education and training in relation to movement of cargo & passenger, marine engineering, maintenance & vessel etc.

Manage and maintain inland, island and inter island ferry-boat and shipping services; ensure safe movement of Bangladesh vessels and the protection of mercantile interest of Bangladesh.

Creating efficient manpower for the maritime sector.

Implementation of amended laws & rules including operation of local classification society for enhanced safety & security of Inland waterways.

Bay Trade Express: 

Country’s first maritime newspaper Bay Trade Express is focusing the potential of Maritime Sector of Bangladesh to overseas. How do you think this will influence the maritime industry of Bangladesh?

Mr. Khan:

I am delighted to know that the Bay Trade Express, country’s first monthly maritime newspaper, has started its journey. Our maritime sector and its potential will be highlighted to the abroad through this newspaper. I request to the authority of Bay Trade Express to publish pure and accurate information of Maritime Industry, our potential and goodwill would be transmitted to the international community as well as local connectivity between and among Government bodies. Business community. Professionals, workers’ federation & general mass shall be facilitated leading to total development of this Industry. Which shall also help us in Business development employment creation, poverty alleviation in the country. I wish all success of BTE publication..

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