Deal #7896

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Jaliadwip, Bangladesh

Latitude
20.9161669
Longitude
92.2790441
Facility name
NAF TOURISM PARK
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
Naf Tourism Park is located on an egg-shaped island raised in the middle of the Naf River under Teknaf Upazilla of Cox’s Bazar
Comment on location
It is located beside the Bangladesh-Myanmar boarder.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
110.0
Comment on land area
Naf Tourism Park will be the first island based tourism park in Bangladesh encompassing an area of 271 acres. (Source: BEZA). The Naf Tourism Park extends over a total of 271.93-acre land (source: Dhaka Tribune, 16 Feb 2017) Cox's bazar District administration (in its web portal) also mentions 271.93-acre i.e. 110 ha.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Tourism (110 ha)
Comment on intention of investment
As part of the government initiative to boost tourism, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) has planned to develop this new tourism park in the island of the Naf River.

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease
Comment on nature of the deal
The whole land was Khas (public/government) land. Government allocated (permanently leased out) the land to Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA)

Implementation status

Implementation status
Startup phase (no production)

Contract #1

Contract date
2018-09-12
Comment on contract
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) and Siam Siam International signed an agreement for turning the natural island into an exclusive tourism park on 12 Sep 2018. (Source: Daily Sun on 12 Sep 2018)

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (total)
16000
Comment on jobs created (total)
BEZA told media that 16000 jobs would be created (Daily Kaler Kantha, 17 Jan 2017).

Operating company

Name of investment project
Development of Naf Tourism Park

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
NAF TOURISM PARK (JALIARDWIP)

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File
Publication title
NAF TURISM PARK & ENTERTAINMENT MEGA CITY

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Tourism park planned on island in Naf River
Date
2017-02-16

Data source #4

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
Pre-feasibility study Report
Date
2016-11-19

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
‘জালিয়ার দ্বীপ’ ঘিরে প্রথম ট্যুরিজম পার্ক
Date
2017-01-17

Data source #6

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
জালিয়ার দ্বীপ এক্সক্লুসিভ “নাফ ট্যুরিজম পার্ক”

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Thai co to invest $500mn in Naf Tourism Park
Date
2018-09-12

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Naf Tourism Park to create 12,000 employments
Date
2019-01-16

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Three island tourism parks are set to enrich tourist attractions of BD
Date
2019-05-01

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
Government sources describes the land as khas land. Media sources added that some private individuals had been occupying some part of the land for fishing and using as salt field. The final feasibility report also described that there were three ponds and some salt fields. But no specific data is available on affected people.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Other
Comment on consultation of local community
BEZA had some initiatives to free the lands from 'occupiers'. But no detailed data on the process.

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
No available data

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
BEZA took initiative to free part of the planned area from the occupiers. Media report mentioned, it was illegally occupied by a group of locals for over 40 years. BEZA had already been able to get rid of most of these encroachers (The Bangladesh Monitor, 1 May 2019)

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
No
Comment on displacement of people
There was no human habitat. Not much available data.

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
No compensation as the land was recorded as Khas (public) land and no one was allocated before.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use
The land was mostly marginal land. Some part of it had been used as salt fields and fishing pond.

Former land cover

Former land cover
Marginal land
Wetland

May 29, 2020, 11:50 a.m.

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