The government will award 48 entrepreneurs with commercially important person (CIP) (Industry) cards for their outstanding performances in respective fields in 2017.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun will hand over the CIP cards among the awardees at a function to be held at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on November 20 (Wednesday), said Industries Secretary Md Abdul Halim at a press conference in the city.
Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Affairs Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Mojumder, and President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Sheikh Fazle Fahim will be present as special guests at the function, says a BSS report.
Out of the 48 entrepreneurs, Abdul Halim said, 42 will receive the status for their outstanding performances in eight categories while six will get the status under the ex-officio category.
“Among the 42 businessmen, 15 will receive CIP cards for large industries (production) while five for large industries (service), nine for medium industries (production), three for medium industry (service), five for small industries (production), one for small industries (service), two for micro industries and two for cottage industries,” he added.
He informed that Abdul Matlub Ahmed will receive CIP card as president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) while Md Siddiqur Rahman as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), 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), Salahuddin Kasem Khan as President of the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and Mirza Nurul Gani Shovon as president of the National Association of
Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh (NASCIB).
Halim said a total of 340 businessmen have already received the CIP cards since 2009.
The CIP card holders enjoy a number of facilities, including priority in seat reservation at government transports in air, road, rail and waterways, getting invitation at national events and letter of introduction from foreign ministry for getting visa to visit aboard, he added.
He said the government is providing special focus on industrialisation to achieve the Vision-2041 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).