A total of 35 Non Resident Bangladeshis have received status of Commercially Important Persons (CIP) for their significant contribution to the country’s economy in 2016.
Expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry on Tuesday awarded the status and handed over crest to each of the recipient at ABACUS convention center in the city.
Of the CIPs, 29 NRBs got the CIP status for sending back remittance to country through legal channels and six others got the status for importing Bangladeshi products to the foreign markets.
Speaking as chief guest EWOE minister Nurul Islam called Bangladeshi nationals who were working abroad as Ambassadors of the country.
State minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam called upon the CIPs and other affluent Bangladeshi expatriates to invest in the country to contribute to the national economy.
The award giving ceremony was presided over by EWOE ministry’s secretary Dr Nomita Halder.
According to an official gazette notification, Mossammat Jasmin Akter topped the list for sending remittances to the country from UAE. Other 28 NRBs are Mohammed Mahatabur Rahman, Mohammed Ismail, Mohammed Jashim Uddin, Mohammed Hashim, Nurul Alam, AHM Tajul Islam, Rakhal Kumar Gope, Abul Kalam, Abdul Gami Chowdhury, Mohammed Ali, Morshedul Islam, Mohd Farid Ahmed, Mohd Mosassek Chowdhury, Mohammed Ashrafur Rahman, Mohammed Shamsul Azim, Mohammed Yasin Chowdhury, Hafez Mohammed Idris, Abdul Jalil, Mohammed Abdul Rohim, Mohammed Adnan Imam, Mohammed Mohsin Alam, Abdul Aziz Khan, Shahid Hossain Jahangir, Mahmudur Rahman Khan, and Kazi Sarwar Hasib.
The six NRBs who got the CIP for importing Bangladeshi products to the foreign markets were Mohammed Salim, Nurul Alam, Ah Badar Uddin Chowdhury, Khan Md Firozur Alam, Abul Kashem and Mohd Abu Taleb.
Officials informed that the CIP status holders were entitled to enjoy for one year different state privileges from issuance of the status.
They will get privilege in getting permission to enter into Bangladesh Secretariat, priority in reserving seats in Biman, train, bus and other modes of transports for business related travels in Bangladesh, using the VIP Lounge 2 and special handling facility at the airport, priority in getting cabin facility at government hospitals and invitation to different national programmes organised by Bangladesh missions abroad, according to the policy.