Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) - Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) arranged a flower parade in the city on Friday, 2nd day of the three-day International Flower Exhibition and Conference.
The parade started from the South Plaza of Manik Mia Avenue and ended on the premises of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) where the exhibition is being held.
DCCI Senior Vice-president Kamrul Islam, Director Imran Ahmed, former Vice-president M Abu Hurairah, senior officials from USAID, President of Bangladesh Flower Association Md Abdur Rahim and its Secretary General AHM Rezaul Kabir were present at the flower parade.
After the parade, the DCCI organised an art competition where more than 100 children took part.
Supported by the USAID, the DCCI in association with Bangladesh Flower Society for the first time organised the three-day International Flower Exhibition and Conference to promote Bangladesh’s flower sector and boost its export.
About 70 stalls from different countries, including Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Nepal, were set up at the exhibition for displaying an array of flowers.
The exhibition will end on Saturday.
Dhaka, December 6 (UNB) - Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Thursday said the industrial sector is now contributing 33.71% to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the country which was 17.77% in FY 2007-2008.
“We have noticed a positive change in the economic sector following good performance of the industry factories and various proper steps in the last five years. The country per capita income is now $1751 which $917 was in 2009” he also said.
The senior minister made these while addressing at a press briefing on the ministry’s success in the last five years held at his department on Thursday.
Amir Hossain Amu further said: “The country’s export income went up $36.67 billion in 2017-18 Fiscal Year which was $14.11 billion in FY2007-2008.
“To achieve sustainable and skill base industrialization, However, the ministry has taken various policy including National Industry policy-2016, Motorcycle industry development policy-2018, handicraft policy-2015, National Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Policy, Geographical Indication (GI) act 2013, and “Bangladesh Ship Recycling Bill, 2018”,” he added.
He further added that An Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) industrial park of public-private partnership was set up on more than 200 acre land costing Tk381 crore in Gazaria of Munsiganj. Raw materials of medicine will be produced on 42 plots in the city.
“Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) is being built on 400 acre land costing 628.10 crore in Sirajganj to strengthen rural economy. Around 100000 people will be employed in jobs there. Besides, the construction work of Light engineering, plastic, comical and printing industrial city is being continued in Dhaka and its surrounding areas,” he also said.
Amu further added that Re-rolling mill Dhaka steel workers limited under Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) has been stated again after 24 years and environment friendly Bangladesh Ship Recycling activities were announced as industry. Besides, we have become able to bring manufacturing position from motorcycle assembling system.
“A regional office of South Asian Regional Standers Organization (SARSO) has been set up for open business in the countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Besides, a bilateral investment agreement was signed between Bangladesh and Cambodia in the last five years. Meanwhile, database and apps have been prepared in the industrial factories of the country. Different information can be known about the boilers by using the apps,” the minister also added.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB)- Local brand, Walton on Wednesday unveiled smartphone with 6 gigabyte of RAM and started pre-booking of the device.
The new smartphone ‘Primo X5’ was unveiled at a function at Walton Corporate Office in the city on Wednesday.
Deputy CEO of Grameenphone Yasir Azman, Head of Device Sarder Showkat Ali, Walton Group Directors SM Ashraful Alam, SM Mahbubul Alam and Tahmina Afrose Tanna, Walton Digi-Tech Industries Ltd. Managing Director SM Monjurul Alam and Head of Walton Cellular Phone S M Rejoan Alam unveiled the flagship smartphone.
Walton Group Executive Directors Eva Rezwana, Amdadul Hoque Sarker, Nazrul Islam Sarker, S. M. Zahid Hasan, Deputy Executive Director Uday Hakim, Operative Director Firoj Alam and Head of Cellular Phone Sales Asifur Rahman Khan were among others present on the occasion.
The Primo X5 at tk 24,999 is opened for pre-order where customers can pre-book the handset paying only tk 2,500 from all Walton Plaza, brand outlets, Grameenphone sales channel My GP and online shop Wowbox.
For each purchase customers will get gift vouchers worth of tk 3,000 by which they can purchase products from Walton outlets.
In addition, Grameenphone subscribers who will buy and insert their SIM card on the handset will immediately get 6 GB data free. They can also buy additional 4 GB internet at 99 BDT only for maximum 30 times in next 3 months.
Customers will enjoy instant replacement warranty for 30 days along with 1.5-year service warranty for the pre-booking of the device.
The premium metal frame designed smartphone features a 5.99-inch full-view IPS display with the screen regulations of 2160X1080 pixels. It sports 64-bit 2GHz Octa-Core processor, Mali-G-71 GPU, 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64 GB internal storage with expandable memory up to 256 GB.
The Blue color handset features 13 and 5 mega pixel dual rear cameras along with another 16 MP front camera with LED flash on both sides. Operated by Android 8.1 Oreo, it sports 3450 mAh battery for whole day power back-up.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Describing Bangladesh as a land of flowers, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (Bida) Kazi M Aminul Islam on Thursday underscored the need for policy support and infrastructure development to boost its export.
“The flower sector of Bangladesh has experienced an exponential growth. As flower has a large global market, we need to enter the international flower market with best quality flowers at a competitive price,” he said.
The Bida chairman further said, “If we get proper technology support, policy guidelines, research, access to finance, adequate infrastructure, modern packaging system and cold chain management, we’ll be able to brand Bangladesh as a land of flowers.”
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a three-day International Flower Exhibition and Conference-2018 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital as the chief guest.
The exhibition will remain open from 10am to 8pm every day until Saturday.
Supported by USAID, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in association with Bangladesh Flower Society organised the event.
Additional Secretary to the Agriculture Ministry Md Abdur Rouf was present as a special guest at the opening ceremony with DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan in the chair.
Aminul Islam also underlined the importance of streamlining right regulatory policy and guidelines for the flower sector. “Besides, there should be private sector investment for the development of the flower sector,” he said, adding that an organisation named Bangladesh Flower Growers’ and Exporters’ Association could be formed to boost the flower industry.
He also urged the government to sign trade agreements with those companies who are the market leaders in the international flower industry.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said in Bangladesh, the agriculture sector contributes 14.32 percent of GDP. “Flower is an important component of agriculture and is a multibillion-dollar industry in many countries.”
“The size of local flower market has reached $US150 million. Our flower export is growing over 10 percent reaching $US86,000 in 2018,” he said.
He also called upon the government to declare the flower sector as a thrust sector.
Consultant of USAID and former Agriculture Secretary Anwar Faruque urged the private sector to invest in the flower sector.
President of Bangladesh Flower Society Abdur Rahim said the flower market is of Tk 1,200 crore which remains still untapped.
USAID Director Thomas Pope said Bangladesh has achieved a robust growth in the flower sector recently, assuring all possible support from the USAID for the development of the flower industry.
DCCI Senior Vice-president Kamrul Islam, Vice-president Riyadh Hossain and its former President Mahbubur Rahman were also present there.
Tokyo, Dec 6 (AP/UNB) — Asian stock prices skidded Thursday following the arrest of a senior official at Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei that could derail progress in China-U.S. trade talks.
KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index tumbled 2.6 percent to 26,117.28 and Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 2.1 percent to 21,435.96. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.6 percent to 5,635.60, while South Korea's Kospi sank 1.3 percent to 2,072.79. The Shanghai Composite index dropped 1.3 percent to 2,615.82. Shares also fell in Taiwan and all other regional markets.
HUAWEI: The news of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's arrest sent shares sharply lower. Share prices rallied early in the week following President Donald Trump's agreement with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over the weekend to hold off on further retaliatory moves in a festering trade war. But they've since fallen back amid confusion over what the two sides agreed to and whether the deal will enable Beijing and Washington to resolve longstanding, profound differences over technology policy and other issues. China demanded Meng's immediate release and warned the case might lead to retaliation against American and Canadian executives in China.
ANALYST'S TAKE: "We are closely watching the developments in Asia after reports that Canada has arrested the Huawei CFO facing U.S. extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions. This headline is quite significant as the U.S. government is attempting to persuade allies to stop using Huawei equipment due to security fears, and this headline could weigh negatively on tech stocks," said Stephen Innes, head of trading at Oanda in Singapore.
TECHNOLOGY STOCK: Technology shares declined, with Japan's Nintendo Co. down 4.3 percent; Samsung Electronics Co. lost 1.8 percent; ZTE Corp. declined 5.8 percent and Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. dropped 4.6 percent in morning trading.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 21 cents to $52.68 a barrel. It fell 0.7 percent to $52.89 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, declined 10 cents to $61.46.
CURRENCY: The dollar slipped to 112.81 yen from 113.19 yen. The euro inched up to $1.1347 from $1.1342.