An SEZ for Defense Supply Industries.
Bangladeshi historical experiences with the military is not well - so whenever the term military surface, it creates a negative emotion in the Bangladeshi psyche. And its only normal that it is taking time to heal the scars of the past. Also, our more recent experiences after 1971 is not something we are proud of - during Zia and Ershad period. Let alone those days, there has been negative reports even during last 15 months of emergency periods that involve military forces - though this time it was not the mainstream event, but some stray incident. The most recent experience have been largely one of positive - on the balance.
In an independent country, the image of a military is something of a discipline, service and sacrifice. In today's high-tech age, military is also synonymous with cutting edge techniques to defend the national security of the nation that they serve.
Moreover, our military is currently involved in peace keeping missions with the UN helmet around the world.
All these point to a single direction => that is, we need to start thinking about creating our own defense industry. There are many things that could be done to advance that goal. One of the easiest thing to do is to develop a specialized economic zone to manufacture defense related parts.
On the same note, it might be a good idea to relocate the MIST into that zone or create another similar institute within the new defense SEZ.
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Tags: Bangladesh , Historical , Experiences , Military
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