To ensure that the office bearers are able to execute their respective duties for the industry without any hindrance, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) recently called upon the Government to accord all of its office bearers the status of Commercially Important Person (CIP).
In Bangladesh, a CIP is an individual who is allowed to receive a number of benefits and facilities for the period of one year after recognition for their contribution to their respective sector. Such a CIP receives a special identity card from the Ministry of Commerce and from the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Generally, CIPs are either exporters or entrepreneurs.
“We represent the country’s entire apparel sector. Thus, all directors of BGMEA should kindly be given the CIP status considering our contribution to the country’s economy. This will be post based, not name based,” underlined BGMEA President Dr. Rubana Huq.
The BGMEA President in a recent meeting with Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi reportedly raised the issue of CIP status for the BGMEA office bearers.
As per BGMEA, the leaders of the apparel sector have to work with different state entities, including different ministries and foreign organisations. So, the status would be helpful in the execution of their respective duties.