Seventy-one exporters of the country awarded the National Export Trophy for the recognition of their contribution to the country’s overseas trade through higher sales, the addition of new products and markets, and maintaining compliance for the financial year of 2018-19.
The commerce ministry and its agency Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) jointly honoured them at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre in Purbachal, outskirt of the capital.
Winners were from 29 sectors where 29 won the trophies in the gold category, 24 in silver and 18 in the bronze category.
Among all the exporters, Rifat Garments Limited, a company of Ha-Meem Group, was crowned with the “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Export Trophy” for fetching $250 million in receipts and showing stellar performances in other indicators. Its shipment growth stood at 18.95%, year-on-year.
Among the gold winners, Universal Jeans, Badsha Textiles, Zaber & Zubair Fabrics, GMS Composite Knitting, Envoy Textiles, and Square Textiles were mentionable.
Other winners include Akij Jute Mills, Pran Dairy, Bay Footwear, Noman Terry Towel Mills, Energypac Engineering, Bengal Plastics, Jalalabad Frozen Foods, Mir Telecom, Beximco Pharmaceuticals, Tasnim Chemicals Complex, Uniglory Cycle Component, Picard Bangladesh, Apex Tannery, and Karupanya Rangpur.
Speaking at the event, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi that exporters are playing an important role in the economic development of the country by way of investing and creating jobs.
He also said the government has taken various steps to overcome the current economic crisis.
“Businessmen are struggling. But there is no way to be left behind. We must move forward,” he added.
He also said the government was relentlessly working to make the country economically strong and establish a dignified position in the world market.
After 2026, duty-free market access for Bangladesh as a least-developed country will not exist, according to the minister. “But opportunities never cease to exist. It is only necessary to find them and work together,” he said.
At the event, business people called for developing a skilled workforce, boosting research and innovation, and adding new products in order to enhance the country’s competitiveness.
Md Jashim Uddin, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, suggested improving the skills of workers to attain further economic progress.
“There is a need to create skilled workers and gain skills in business management.”
Jashim said special attention should be given to the manufacturing and agriculture sectors for economic stability.
“Unnecessary expenditures and the import of luxury goods should be reduced.”