The government on Tuesday (Dec 18) honoured 178 businesspersons with Commercially Important Person (CIP) cards for their outstanding contributions to the economy of the country in 2016.
Of them, 137 received the cards in the export category while 41 cards were awarded to the directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in the trade category as ex-officio members.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed handed over the CIP cards to the businesspersons for their respective companies at a ceremony held at the TCB Conference Hall in the city on Tuesday, local media reports said.
Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) jointly organised the programme to recognise the business community's contribution to the country.
The CIPs will be able to use VIP lounge at all the airports in the country, receive visa assistance from embassies as well as their family members will also be given priority in booking cabins at public hospitals.
They will also get passes to enter Bangladesh Secretariat without hindrance, participate in different national programmes and will be given priority in booking tickets for air, railway, and waterways on business trips.
FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, Commerce Ministry secretary Md Mofizul Islam and EPB Vice-chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee also spoke at the card distribution ceremony.