The ongoing gas crisis in the country that emerged as a fallout of the global situation is temporary and will decrease from next January, ending the disruption in industrial production, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi.
Ceramics production was hampered due to gas shortage but the situation is improving, he said while addressing the opening ceremony of the Third Ceramic Expo Bangladesh 2022 at the International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital on Thursday.
Terming the ceramic industry, a potential sector of the country, Tipu Munshi said the locally produced ceramic products meet 85% of the demand in the country.
There are currently more than 70 ceramic factories in Bangladesh and the industry is expanding rapidly – the sector has seen about 200% production growth this year, he said.
Ceramics made in Bangladesh are in great demand abroad as well. Currently, Bangladesh exports ceramic products to 50 countries earning about $1 billion, Munshi said.
The government will provide full support to the businesses to help boost the production and export of ceramic products, he said.
“We will hold talks with the traders regarding the obstructions they are facing in expanding exports of ceramics. Problems will be identified and resolved quickly,” said the minister.
About 120 companies from 20 countries including Bangladesh have been taking part with about 150 brands in the three-day ceramic expo organised by Bangladesh Ceramic Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BCMEA).