The government on Monday awarded 178 business persons CIP (commercially important person) cards for the year 2015 for their outstanding performances in export and trade.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed handed over the CIP cards to the business persons at an event held at the Radisson Hotel in Dhaka.
Out of the 178 business persons, 136 received CIP cards in the export category, while 42 cards were awarded to the directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the trade category ex-officio.
Tofail said that the government had extended all-out support to the businesspeople and increased the cash incentives for different sectors to facilitate export.
He urged banks to reduce the interest rate to single digit so that the businesses could make investment at their desired level to create employment in the country.
FBCCI president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin said that businesspeople needed more facilities from the government for product and market diversifications.
He urged the Export Promotion Bureau to attend quality trade fairs abroad.
Abdul Muktadir, chairman and managing director of Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd, urged the government to set the standards of goods at higher level saying that the sales of the Bangladeshi goods would grow more if the standards are set at higher level.
He also demanded that the government allow spending more on samples as it is a requirement for export trade.
Commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose and EPB vice-chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee also spoke at the programme.
The CIP cardholders will enjoy various facilities including priority in seat reservation at government transports in air, road, rail and waterways and getting invitation at national events.
The CIPs will be able to use the cards as passes to enter the Bangladesh secretariat and they will also get letter of introduction from the foreign ministry for getting visas.