The government on Tuesday awarded commercially important persons cards to 178 businesspeople for their contribution to the export business and economic growth of the country in 2016.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed handed over the CIP cards to 137 businesspersons for their extraordinary performances in exports and 41 others for their status under the ex-officio category of different business chambers and trade bodies.
The card recipients under the ex-officio category are the directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Commerce ministry and Export Promotion Bureau of Bangladesh jointly organised the card giving ceremony at EPB auditorium in the capital.
Despite ranking 176th in terms of ease of doing business, Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are doing good as the corporate profit is high in the country, FBCCI president Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin said while addressing the ceremony.
He urged the government to improve the ease of doing business situation saying that the government should ensure quality electricity and quality gas supply to the industry for achieving required growth.
If you (the government) allow the private sector businesspeople to swim freely, we will give you a prosperous Bangladesh, Mohiuddin said.
He said that the government should introduce one-stop service in real sense and commercial counselor should be made accountable for achieving the target of proposed special economic zones.
I will request the government not to appoint any more nominated director to the trade body as we don t have enough room to accommodate any new director in our office building, Mohiuddin said.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said that the country s private sector provided huge support to the government and at the same time the government also provided necessary support to the businesspeople.
He hoped that the export earnings target set by the government for the financial year 2018-19 would be exceeded as the export of readymade garment products grew by 20 per cent in July-November of current fiscal.
Although we do not want to see any trade war in the world, it is true Bangladesh have been benefitted tremendously from the ongoing trade war between US and China. Bangladesh s exports to China have been increasing day by day, the commerce minister said.
Md Azizul Haque, managing director of Alif Garments Ltd and Monowara Hakim Ali, director of FBCCI, among the CIP card winners, spoke at the programme.
Demanding more incentives for the readymade garment sector, Azizul Haque said that business had now become more challenging as the minimum wages of workers increased to Tk 8,000 from Tk 5,300.
He also urged the business community to support the government saying that the present government provided huge support to the businesspeople in the last 10 years.
We want to see the continuation of the present government as the business community has been benefitted during the tenure of Sheikh Hasina, Monowara Hakim Ali said.
Newly appointed commerce secretary Md Mofizul Islam and EPB vice-chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee also spoke at the event.
Hassan Ahmed, managing director of Popular Jute Exchange Ltd, Nazmul Haque, managing director of Janata Jute Mills Ltd, Md Saiful Islam, managing director of Picard Bangladesh Ltd, Sheikh Momin Uddin, managing director of Akij Footwear Ltd, Ahsan Kabir Khan, managing director of Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Ltd, Mujibur Rahman, managing director of Smart Jeans Ltd, Miran Ali, managing director of Tarashima Apparels Ltd, Md Mutaleb Hossain, chairman Hameem Group and Samuel S Chowdhury , chairman of Square Pharmaceuticals Limited, among others, received CIP cards.
The CIP card holders will enjoy various facilities including priority in seat reservation at government transports in air, road, rail and waterways and getting invitation at national events.
The CIPs will be able to use the cards as passes to entry at the Bangladesh secretariat and they will also get letter of introduction from the foreign ministry for getting visa