HSBC Bangladesh on Tuesday launched export excellence awards to recognise exporters for their contribution to the country’s economy.
HSBC rolled out the eighth edition of the programme at a press conference held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
Organisations or companies can submit nomination until August 31, 2018.
HSBC Bangladesh chief executive officer Francois de Maricourt said that Bangladeshi entrepreneurs had been at the forefront in Bangladesh’s 7.3-per cent GDP growth.
‘Since export is a key driver of economic growth for an emerging economy like Bangladesh, HSBC provided a platform for them [exporters] for the last eight years to showcase their capabilities in the global market,’ he said.
Francois also said that the aim of the awards was to support businesses to thrive further and to connect them with global opportunities.
‘To achieve excellence in export, it needs to adopt the best business practices, ensuring a comfortable workforce and improving the livelihood of everyone involved in the product’s journey from home to abroad,’ he said.
HSBC deputy CEO Mahbub ur Rahman said, ‘We highlight the achievements of the country’s most successful exporters and recognise their relentless efforts to make Bangladesh’s mark in the global arena through the awarding programme.’
HSBC Bangladesh communication country head Talukdar Noman Anwar said since the first instalment of the flagship programme in 2010, HSBC recognised five exporters each year in four categories as ‘Exporter of the Year’ in their respective categories.
Winners were awarded for their excellence and outstanding contribution to the nation’s economic growth, he said.
‘This year, a new category has been introduced for companies that have either significantly reduced their reliance on imports or introduced import substitutes,’ he said.
The other categories are readymade garments, supply chain and backward linkage (apparel), traditional and emerging sectors, and SMEs, he said.
Winners will be selected based on criteria such as their annual contribution to national exports and economy, diversity, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices and governance strengths of their respective businesses.