The government has awarded 56 entrepreneurs with commercially important person (CIP) (Industry) cards for their outstanding performances in industrial sector in 2016.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu handed over the CIP cards among the awardees at a function held at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital today, a handout said.
Speaking on the occasion, Amu said the government is providing necessary support to the entrepreneurs to set up their industries across the country.
The government is giving priority to the local entrepreneurs in land distribution to set up industries in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), he added.
Among the 56 entrepreneurs, 48 received the status for their outstanding performances in five categories of the industrial sector while eight got the cards under the ex-officio category. Among the 48 businessmen, 25 received CIP cards for large industries while 15 for medium industries, one for micro industry and one for cottage industry.
Abdul Matlub Ahmed received CIP card as president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) while AK Azad received it as president of the Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI), M Siddiqur Rahman as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), AKM Selim Osman as president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Rupali Haque Chowdhury as president of the Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Selima Ahmed as president of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), Tapan Chowdhury as president of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) and Mirza Nurul Gani Shovon as president of the National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh (NASCIB).
Secretary-In-Charge of the Industries Ministry M Abdul Halim presided over the award giving ceremony while president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) M Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) were, among others, present.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)