BIAA & LIMRA ORGANIZED ‘PRINT TECH BANGLADESH’, ‘GARTEX BANGLADESH’ AND ‘BANGLADESH LEATHER AND FOOTWEAR EXPO’
Bangladesh Indenting Agents’ Association (BIAA) & LIMRA Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. organized ‘Print Tech Bangladesh’, ‘Gartex Bangladesh’ and ‘Bangladesh Leather and Footwear Expo’ – at Dhaka’s International Convention Centre, Bashundhara, on July 27, 2018. Hon’ble Industry Minister Mr. Amir Hossain Amu was the Chief Guest of the event.
Opening the Exhibition, Industry Minister said Bangladesh’s apparel industry has fetched over US $ 30 billion during the recently-concluded 2017-18 fiscal. The readymade garments sector that consistently upholds over 82 per cent of Bangladesh’s total export volume, is the sector of highest importance to the government. Despite the negative propaganda against our readymade garments industry, export growth of this industry remains upward with earning of $30.61 billion in 2017-18 fiscal.Narrating the role of garments and leather sector in industrialisation and employment generation, he said that these two sectors have brought major changes in industrialisation, export earnings, increasing value addition of local products and employment generation. The government is also taking maximum care for the positive growth of these industries. The government has already implemented many compliance issues including workplace environment, security of workers, wage development, monitoring and law amendment which brought positive results, he said. “RMG sector is now fully compliant and leather sector is getting shape at the Savar leather industrial estate”, he said adding that efforts is going on for generating power from the solid waste from tannery estate.
BIAA president Mohammad Ayub Presided over while among others, Bangladesh Cotton Association president Mehedi Ali, Bogra Palli Unnyan Academy Director Md Nazrul Islam Khan, BGAPMEA president Md Abdul Kader Khan ,Bangladesh Sign Material and Machineries Importers Association president Hossain Mohammad Imran and Leather Engineers and Technology Society Bangladesh general secretary AKN Mushfiqur Rahman were also present on the occasion.
A total of 223 exhibitors from 13 countries are participating in the three fairs. The three-day long fair will end on Saturday were also present on the occasion.
A Business Delegation of Bangladesh Indenting Agents’ Association (BIAA) led by its President Muhammad Ayub met H. E. Mr. Zhang Zuo, Ambassador, PR of China to Bangladesh on Thursday July 12, 2018 at 3.30 PM at the Chinese Embassy Office, Baridhara, Dhaka for discussing issues on development of bilateral business relations.
Exchanging warm greetings, BIAA President Muhammad Ayub congratulated H. E. Mr. Zhang Zuo on his new appointment as Ambassador of the PR of China to Bangladesh and expected more mutual business cooperation under his leadership. He said BIAA Members (Indentors) are the representatives of foreign companies/manufacturers/suppliers for marketing their products in Bangladesh and most of the members are the agents of Chinese companies. Mr. Ayub mentioned about some agreements signed between BIAA & different Provinces of PR of China and requested Mr. Zhang Zuo for his hands of cooperation in signing new agreements with other provinces and trade bodies for enhancing business & economic cooperation.
Mr. Ayub proposed to jointly organize fairs, exhibition, seminar on different sectors of business, resolve trade disputes through commercial wing of the Embassy, establish Chinese Language Training Institute for businessmen and relocation of Chinese labor intensive industries to Bangladesh. He added that China is the No. 1 trading partner of Bangladesh and the volume of import of Bangladesh from China is about 11 Billion USD with upward trends.
Mr. Ayub said that BIAA attends fairs and exhibition in each year organized by CCPIT for exploring new ways of business relations. Similarly Chinese business delegation especially Yunnan Chamber of International Commerce organizes their business trips in Bangladesh in association with BIAA.
He sought more trade promotional meetings & activities between the two countries. Sr. Vice-President Mr. MSI Dastagir also pointed out other areas of cooperation between the two countries.
H. E. Mr. Zhang Zuo, thanked BIAA delegation for their effective proposals and assured all cooperation from Embassy in the aforesaid issues. He opined China may reduce or cancel tariffs on imports of all types of goods from Bangladesh to reduce trade imbalance-which was highly appreciated by BIAA.
Mr. Zhang Zuo invited the delegation to attend the first China International Import Expo. to be held in Shanghai from November 5, 2018 to November 10, 2018. BIAA President Muhammad Ayub also cordially invited to attend the gala ceremony of 40 Years of Excellence of BIAA scheduled in the last week of September, 2018 and presented a Crest to H.E. Mr. Zhand Zuo as a token of honor.
Delegation team includes Vice- President AKM Azad, Directors Kazi Abdus Salam, Md. Abdullah Al Mahmood, Al Mahmud Moinul Haque, Md. Nuruzzaman, K. M. N. Manjurul Haque, S. M. Salim Reza, Secretary in Charge of BIAA Md. Ashiquzzaman & Sr. Assistant Secretary Asoke Kumar Biswas. Officials of the Embassy Mr. LV Yang, Second Secretary, PR of China was present as well.
The nation, however, started observing the month of mourning from August 1, recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty. In line with the national programme, different ministries and departments, directorates and agencies, trade bodies organised various programmes at their respective institutions.
Similarly, all city corporations, district councils, municipalities and union councils have organised different programmes to observe the day with due respect and solemnity.
Bangladesh missions abroad also arranged discussions with hoisting the national flag half-mast atop their respective offices.
The national dailies have publishd special supplements while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and other private television channels and radio stations are airing special programs.
A delegation of BIAA led by its President Muhammad Ayub called on Mr. A. R. M. Nazmus Sakib Chief Controller, Office of CCI&E, Dhaka for discussion on latest progress on issuance of Export Registration Certificate (ERC) in favor of indentors. M S I Dastagir, Sr. Vice-President, BIAA along with Deputy Controllers & officials of CCI&E and BIAA were present in the meeting.
They discussed regarding the procedures of issuance of ERC and its subsequent aftermath on increasing indentors and thus play more significant role in economic development of the country. Muhammad Ayub informed that once ERC is issued, indentors are likely to continue their business with more encouragement and also level playing field will be ensured for brining other businessmen to be registered indentors especially those who were used to do business with DPI and are not registered or enlisted anywhere.
It is to be mentioned here that already several amendments have been made in different Clauses, Acts, Paragraphs in the Importers, Exporters and Indentors Registration Order, 1981 with a view to issuance of Export Registration Certificate (ERC) in favor of indentors. Besides, Indenting Service has already been included as Service Export in the Export Policy Order 2015-2018. As per nature of Indenting business, their services are crossing the border of the country as export according to VALUE ADDED TAX ACT, 1991, 2 (lo). So, as service exporter, indentors should get Export Registration Certificate like other Service Exporters in the country.
The Chief Controller of the Office of CCI&E assured that ERC will be issued soon in favor of indentors through a procedure to make the sector vibrant and sustainable.