Prime minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday urged the exporters to take initiative to explore new global markets as well as diversification of their export products considering the changing demands of the people in different countries.
She said Bangladesh over the last few years has acquired capacity of exporting varieties of products abroad. But more diversification of exportable products is required, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
‘The government is ready to provide all sorts of support for business promotion and product diversification. However, businesses have to take some initiatives and find new markets of their products at international market,’ she said while distributing National Export Trophy for the year 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
A total of 113 export organisations got the trophies for their significant role in overseas trade and thus earning foreign currency.
A total of 52 export organisations received gold medals, 37 silver while 24 bronze medals for the fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13, reports United News of Bangladesh.
Pointing out her government’s plan to set up 100 special economic zones across the country the prime minister urged the entrepreneurs to set up industries in the zones to get all facilities needed for industries.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed presided over the trophy distribution ceremony jointly organised by the commerce ministry and the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau.
Twenty-four establishments received gold medals for FY12 are Refat Garments, Square Fashion, Square Textiles, Noman Waving, Zaber and Zobaer Fabrics, Apex Foods, Popular Jute Exchange, Akiz Jute, Apex Tannery, Picard Bangladesh, FB Footwear, Agri concern, Oran Exports, Rajdhani Enterprise, Karupanna, Rangpur, Bengal Plastic, Far
Ceramics, Uniglory Cycle, Thanvir Polymer, Beximco Pharma, Service Engine, Universal Jeans, Shasha Denims and Montrims.
The establishments which received silver medals for FY12 are Ananta Apparels, GMS Composite, Mosharraf Composite, Envoy Textiles, Seamark (BD), F R Jute, Janata jute, S F Industries, RMM Leather, Farm Fresh, Pran Agro, Capital Enterprise, Ever Bright Plastic, Transworld Bicycle, Al Habib Enterprise, Graphics People and Jeans-2000.
Twenty-six establishments which received gold medals for FY13 are Refat Garments Ltd, GMS Composite Knitting Industries Ltd, Kamal Yarn Ltd, Saad Sun Textiles Mills Ltd, Jaber and Jobaer Fabrics Ltd, Noman Terry Towel Mills Ltd, Apex Foods Ltd, Popular Jute Exchange Ltd, Akij Jute Mills Ltd, Apex Tannery Ltd, Picard Bangladesh Ltd, FB
Footwear Ltd, Al-Azmi Trade International, Pran Dairy Ltd, Rajdhani Enterprise, Karuponno Rangpur Ltd, Bengal Plastics Ltd, Unit-3, Farr Ceramics Ltd, BRB Cables Industries Ltd, Marine Safety System, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Graphicpeople Ltd, Universal Jeans Ltd, Shasha Denims Ltd, Montreams Ltd and Mir Telecom Ltd.
Nineteen enterprises that received silver medals for the FY13 are Ananta Apparels Ltd, Square Fashions Ltd, Badsha Textile Ltd, Envoy Textile Ltd, Uniliance Textile Ltd, Seamark (BD) Ltd, Reza Jute Trading, Janata Jute Mills Ltd, SAF Industries Ltd, RMM Leather Industries Ltd, Laimai Footwear Ltd, Monsoor General Trading Company
Ltd, Pran Agro Ltd, Capital Enterprise, Core-the Jute Works, Bengal Plastics Ltd, Service Engine Ltd, Pacific Jeans Ltd and Jaber and Jobaer Accessories Ltd.
The commerce ministry provides gold, silver and bronze trophies for the exporters in commodity and service sectors every year.
Senior secretary of the commerce ministry Hedayetullah Al Mamun, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Abdul Matlub Ahmed and Vice Chairman of EPB Mafruha Sultana spoke, among others, on the occasion.
The prime minister said her government over the last seven years has given cash support of Tk 21,000 crore to the exporters which was only Tk 602 crore in 2005-2006 fiscal year.
Sheikh Hasina sought more active role of business community for quick implementation of the project for constructing the proposed garments industrial park in Baoshiya of Munsiganj with the support of China.
She also called upon them to explore benefit from the Bangladesh-Bhutan- India-Nepal (BBIN) agreement on free movement of motor vehicles and Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Corridor.
Source: New Age