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178 individuals get CIP cards

  • Published at 12:29 am December 19th, 2018
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A businessman receives a CIP card from former Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The CIP cardholders are entitled to VIP lounge facility at airports throughout the country, receive visa assistance from embassies, and their family members will also be given priority in booking cabins at public hospitals

The government ON Tuesday handed over commercially important person (CIP) cards to 178 businesspersons at a function in the city for their outstanding contribution to the country’s economy in 2016.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed distributed CIP cards to 137 in the export category, while 41 cards were awarded to the directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in the trade category as ex-officio members.

“We had started exports with $348 million right after the 1971 War of Liberation,” he said, “Now the export earnings have reached $36.67 billion. That is why we are distributing CIP cards to those who are playing an important role for flourishing the country’s economy.”

Tofail added that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had envisioned a free economy, which later has been realized by his daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He was optimistic of getting some benefits from the ongoing international trade war between the United States and China.

“The country will become a developed nation by 2041,” he said.

FBCCI president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin said that Bangladesh’s economy is synonymous with the private sector.

“We are globally ranked 176th in terms of ease in doing business, but we are moving forward nevertheless,” he added.

“Our business community requires uninterrupted electricity and gas supply in factories,” the FBCCI president said, “Disruption of supplies hampers the production process. Hence we urge the commerce ministry to look into credible solutions in this regard.”

The CIP cardholders are entitled to VIP lounge facility at airports throughout the country, receive visa assistance from embassies, and their family members will also be given priority in booking cabins at public hospitals.

They will also get passes to enter the Bangladesh Secretariat without hindrance, participate in different national programs, and will be given priority in booking tickets for air, railway, and waterway travel on business.

Commerce ministry official said that as per the CIP (export) Guidelines, the volume and value of shipments, tax payment and corporate social responsibility are considered for the nomination of CIPs. 

Secretary of the commerce ministry Md Mofizul Islam and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) vice chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee also spoke onthe occasion.

The commerce ministry and EPB jointly organized the event.