In recognition for their contribution to the economy and national exports in 2016, Bangladesh government has awarded Commercially Important Person (CIP) cards to 82 apparel and textile manufacturers.
On December 18, 2018, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed handed over the CIP cards to the representatives of their respective companies at a function in the capital.
Every year Bangladesh government honors business people for their outstanding contribution to the country’s economy and national exports. Commerce Ministry and Export Promotion Bureau jointly organized the event.
Of them, 41 apparel products makers received CIP cards in knitwear category, while 17 RMG manufacturers got in the woven category.
A total of three company received CIP cards in Home Textile category followed by six in textile (fabric) category. In addition, a total of 15 companies were awarded CIP cards in the miscellaneous category.
Addressing the program as chief guest, Tofail Ahmed said the government has provided all-out cooperation to the business community in doing business and exports.
For the current fiscal year, we are offering 4% cash incentives against the exports to a new market for apparel exporters, which pushed the export earnings up, said Ahmed.
He urged the manufacturers to explore new markets and move for products diversification to enlarge export earnings to reach US$ 50 billion by 2021.
Meanwhile, the government has awarded Commercially Important Person (CIP) cards to a total of 178 business people for their outstanding contribution to the national economy in the year 2016 in different sectors.
Of them, 137 business people will receive the cards in the export category, while 41 cards will be given to the directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in the trade category.
What CIP cardholder enjoy
The CIP cardholders are entitled to get VIP lounge-2 facility at the airports in the country, receive visa assistance from the embassies concerned and their family members will be provided priority in booking cabins at public hospitals.
They will also get permission to enter Bangladesh Secretariat, participate in different national programs and get priority in booking tickets for air, railway and waterway travels for business purposes.