The country’s 62 companies on Sunday received National Export Trophy 2014-15 under 28 categories for their extraordinary performance in export earnings.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed handed over the trophies among the companies at a programme held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.
Out of 62 companies, 28 received gold trophies, 20 silver and 14 bronze trophies.
The government awarded gold trophy to Zaber and Zubair Fabrics Limited as the highest exporter company overall for the fourth consecutive year in the financial year 2014-15.
‘Business people have a significant contribution to the country’s economic progress and we are committed to providing all-out support to the business community which is playing an important role in achieving vision 2021 set by the government,’ the commerce minister said in award ceremony.
He said that export earnings in the financial year 2017-18 met the target and readymade garment sector exceeded its target and hopefully the country’s export earnings would surpass $60 billion, the target set by the government.
‘Export performance of our RNG sector is excellent but some quarters do not like it and they are trying to thwart our growth,’ Tofail said.
He said that the government extended time frame of Accord and Alliance for six months and it would not be extended any more after December 31 this year.
The minister also said that his ministry would bring necessary amendment to the export trophy policy so that the investors in the export processing zones could avail the award from next year.
Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, stressed the need of a predictable regulatory body for economic growth as business people used to suffer due to frequent shifts in policy.
‘The government is going to solve the problem of power supply; LNG is coming to resolve the gas crisis but business people want to know their prices,’ he said.
Mohiuddin alleged that country’s exporters were losing orders worth $23 billion per year due to delay in receiving product samples in airport.
Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry Tajul Islam Chowdhury, commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose and Export Promotion Bureau vice chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee spoke at the programme.
Twenty-eight gold trophy winning companies are Zaber and Zobaer Fabrics, AKM Knitwear Ltd, Fakir Knitwears Limited, Kamal Yarns Ltd, Envoy Textile Ltd, Noman Teri Towel Ltd, Jalalabad Frozen Foods, Ltd, Popular Jute Exchange Ltd, Akij Jute Mills Ltd, SAF Industries Ltd, Picard Bangladesh Ltd, Bay Footwear Ltd, Mansur General Trading Company, Pran Dairy Ltd, Rajdhani Enterprise, Karupanna Rangpur, Bengal Plastic Ltd, Shinepukur Ceramics Ltd, Uniglory Cycle Industries Ltd, BRB Cable Industries Ltd, BSRM Steels Ltd, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Service Engine Ltd, Universal Jeans Ltd, RM Interlinings Ltd, Moon Trims Ltd, Gazi Enterprise and Fexinco.
The total number of gold trophy is 29 as Zaber and Zobaer Fabrics received an additional trophy for being the highest exporter.
Twenty silver trophy winners are Rifat Garments Ltd, GMS Composite Knitting Industry Ltd, Badsha Textile, Paramount Textile Ltd, ACS Textile Bangladesh Ltd, Meenhar Sea Foods Limited, Babul Jute Trading, Janata Jute Mills Ltd, Dhaka Hide and Skins Ltd, RMM Leather Industries Ltd. Footbed Footwear Ltd, Heritage Enterprise, Pran Agro Ltd, Capital Enterprise, Classical Handmade Products, Durable Plastic Ltd, Protik Ceramics Ltd, Incepta Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Jeans, and Uniglory Paper and Packaging Ltd.
Fourteen bronze winning enterprises are Ananta Apparels Ltd, Square Fashions Ltd, Sufia Cotton Mills, Hamza Textiles Ltd, Kuliarchar Sea Foods Ltd, The Golden Fiber Trade Centre, ABC Footwear Ltd, Akij Foorwear Ltd, Mansur General Trading Co, Mymensingh Agro Limited, BD Creation, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Vintage Denim Studio Ltd and Zaber and Zobaer Accessorise Ltd.