As part of the award, the CIPs received special passes to enter the secretariat, special stickers to place on their cars, and invitations to attend some public functions
The Commerce Ministry and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) yesterday recognised 136 businesspeople for their contribution to the economy.
Minister of Commerce Tofail Ahmed presented the Commercially Important Persons (CIP) 2015 awards in 19 categories in a crest-giving ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Dhaka.
“The government (must) become more supportive to businesspeople so that they can better contribute to the nation's economy,” the minister said.
“Bangladesh has earned $41bn in exports including services this year. The projected earning in three years is to rise by 15% to $60bn. By next year we hope to export $44 bn worth of goods.
Azizul Islam, the chairman and managing director of Alif Garments, was awarded for his work in woven garments.
“People will be inspired to do more and do it better after this recognition,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “This has now given them more responsibility to keep the economy going.”
Among those others awarded were Hasan Ahmed, managing director of Popular Jute Exchange Ltd for raw jute; Ananta Jalil (AJ), chairman and managing director, AJI Group; Mohammad Monsur, MD of Monsur General Trading Co Ltd for Agricultural produce; and Samuel S Chowdhury of Square Pharmaceutical.
As part of the award, the CIPs received special passes to enter the secretariat, special stickers to place on their cars, and invitations to attend some public functions.
They also get priority in seat reservations for airlines, the railways, and public transport, and letters of introduction from the foreign ministry for travelling abroad.
They and their dependents also make use of cabins in hospitals on a priority basis.
FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin addressed Monday’s function as the special guest while Export Promotion Bureau(EPB) Vice Chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee presided over the program.