A delegation of BIAA led by Advocate Rafiqul Islam Masum, President met Mr. Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Industries on January 29, 2019 at the Industry Ministry premises at Shilpa Bhaban, Motijheel, Dhaka.
BIAA President Advocate Rafiqul Islam Masum informed about the role of Indentors in enriching government exchequer through repatriating foreign currency and bringing quality raw materials and machineries at a competitive price. He said, indentors maintain all rules and regulations of the government whereas in international tender recently imports are allowed through Proforma Invoice (PI). Most of the PI issuers are not accountable and they don’t have Trade License, TIN, VAT Registration, Bank Account etc. Also they are not providing after sales services, as a result of which low quality machineries and raw materials are imported which in turn, impede the industrial growth of the country and at the same time government is losing huge foreign currency. He requested the Minister to kindly consider the issue on priority basis and make it obligatory for the PI issuers to be the Members of BIAA, which is an Association of foreign companies’ agents in Bangladesh.
Muhammad Ayub immediate Past President said BIAA has been organizing training program on import, indenting, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), national & International tendering procedures etc. on regular basis. He proposed to organize workshop/seminar/training jointly with the Industry Ministry for awareness building on Intellectual Property Rights. He informed that BIAA is always ready to extend every cooperation in industrial and economic development of the country. The BIAA leaders requested the Minister to kindly include representatives from BIAA in the “Patent Coordination Cell” under DPDT which was proposed by BIAA to protect Intellectual Property Right (IPR) of the invention made by our local inventors and to promote national and international commercialization of the products with exclusive rights.
Hon’ble Minister concurred with the demands of BIAA and assured his cooperation in the aforesaid issues and he emphasized on the necessity of making the PI issuers accountable for betterment of economic and industrial development of the country. He also thanked the delegate members for their excellent proposals to ease the Patent process under DPDT.
BIAA Sr. Vice President Md. Nuruzzaman, Vice President A K M Azad,Immediate past-President Muhammad Ayub, Directors of the Board Md. Abdullah Al Mahmood, Al Mahmud Moinul Haque, M Mahmudur Rashid, Md. Rashed Khan, BIAA advisor Md. Azaharul Islam, Secretary in Charge, Md. Ashiquzzaman and Senior Assistant Secretary Asoke Kumar Biswas were present in the meeting.