Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Thursday said the government will take necessary initiative to sign free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam and other potential countries.
He also said Bangladesh is moving faster in terms of trade and commerce comparing to other Saarc and South Asian countries.
The Commerce Minister made the remarks while officially inaugurating president's executive floor of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on the occasion of celebrating 60 years of DCCI at its own building in Motijheel.
Tofail said recently the government has raised the minimum monthly wage for the garment workers to Tk. 8,000 from the existing Tk 5,300 with effect from December next.
On this issue, the Minister told the businessmen not to be worried about it as the government is thinking to reduce cost of doing business by slashing source tax and taking other initiatives.
He said for doing business in congenial atmosphere is a must and now is the best time to invest more in industries.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said that due to having long term policy planning our economy is experiencing a developing trend which is a good sign for attracting foreign direct investment.
He said DCCI is going to hold an international conference titled "Destination Bangladesh" in the next month to expose Bangladesh's strength of attracting investments.
He also said that in order to attract investment in the country we have to invest in infrastructure development.
DCCI former Presidents Rashed Maksud Khan, Matiur Rahman, ASM Quasem, Aftabul Islam, Asif Ibrahim, Senior Vice President Kamrul Islam, FCA, Directors Engr. Akber Hakim, Hossain A Sikder, Imran Ahmed, Mohammad Basiruddin, Salim Akhter Khan, SM Zillur Rahman, former Senior Vice Presidents and former vice presidents were also present.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited (AIBL) has opened its 164th Agent Banking outlet at Krishnanagar Bazar of Nabinagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district recently.
AIBL Executive Vice-president and Head of Agent Banking Division Abed Ahmed Khan inaugurated the outlet as the chief guest, said a press release on Wednesday.
Among others, AIBL Nabinagar branch Manager Md Abdul Matin Patwary and Krishnanagar union parishad Chairman Md Zillur Rahman were present at the inauguration ceremony with agent of the outlet Md Mozammel Haque in the chair.
From the Agent Banking outlet, customers can open accounts, deposit and withdraw money, collect remittance, check account balance, transfer funds, apply for investment, collect sanctions, pay utility bills, pay installments and do all other banking activities more easily.
Dhaka, Sep 19 (UNB) - The local electronics giant Walton started the 3rd season of its digital campaign across the country from the first day of the current month witnessing huge customers’ responses towards the registration of the purchased appliances during the campaign’s previous two seasons of this year.
Under the campaign’s third season, customers of Walton fridges, LED televisions and air conditioners will get brand new cars, motorbikes, various sorts of electronics and electrical appliances or sure cash backs through registering the newly purchased appliances from any Walton Plaza or distributor outlet across the country.
Customers enjoyed the same offers during the campaign’s Season-2.
To accelerate the initiative of building customers database for delivering online based swift and best after sales service to the users, Walton is conducting ‘Digital Campaign’ across the country. Prior to Season-3, this year Walton conducted the campaign’s Season 1 from April 1 to June 30 and the Season-2 from July 1 to August 30.
During the Season-2, total of five customers across the country received new cars through purchasing and registering Walton brand fridges. They are: a member of Bangladesh Police at Dhaka Aradhan Chandra Shaha, a housewife of Chattagram District Shima Shill, a farmer of Rangpur District Titu Miah, a shopkeeper of Rangunia in Chattagram Tishu Das and a farmer Narsingdi’s farmer Abu Taher. In addition, thousands of customers got free products and sure cash backs.
Under the offers of Season-1, Tanjin Sultana Nipu from Shariatpur District, Babul Khan from Gazipur District, Mahmudul Hasan from Dinajpur District and Md Jahurul Islam from Gaibandha District got free air tickets of America-Dhaka-America and Russia-Dhaka-Russia from the purchase of Walton products.
Rakibul Hossain, convener of Walton Digital Campaign, said, the previous two seasons of the digital campaign received sound customers’ response towards the registration of purchased appliances. As a result, the process of building strong database has been accelerated, he added.
To sustain the buyers’ eagerness in registering their purchased products, Walton started the campaign’s third season, he noted and expected that the third season will also be successful like the campaign’s previous two seasons.
Ariful Ambia, deputy executive director of Walton Group, said details of the customers and their purchased products including the name of customer, contact number and the model number of the product are being stored on a server through the product’s registration.
As a result, he said the customers can seek post sales services browsing the Walton developed web page http://support.waltonbd.com and they can see the status of the product online.
Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNB) - Speakers at a seminar stressed on the production of power efficient inverter technology’s appliances for the sake of Ozone layer protection and global warming control.
They came up with the remark at a special seminar on “Ozone Layer and Bangladesh” held at the conference room of the Walton Corporate Office in the capital recently, said a press release on Monday.
Marking the ‘World Ozone Day’, Department of Environment (DoE) and Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited (WHIL) jointly organized the seminar. Secretary of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury was the chief guest.
DoE’s Director General Dr. Sultan Ahmed presided over the seminar and Walton Corporation’s Managing Director SM Mahbubul Alam gave the welcome address.
Walton Group’s Deputy Executive Director Uday Hakim was the moderator in the seminar and
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry’s Additional Secretary Dr. SM Manjurul Hannan Khan, DoE’s Addition Director General Kazi Sarwar Imtiaz Hashmi, UNDP Representative Arif Foysal, Professor of Chemical Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Dr MAA Shawkat Chowdhury, among others, addressed the function.
Walton Hi-Tech Industries Chief Executive Director Ashraful Ambia presented the key note paper in the seminar.
Speaking as the chief guest, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury said, “We will not be able to save our earth if we fail to take timely initiatives in protecting Ozone layer and controlling global warming.”
To this extent, he emphasized on the creation of awareness towards using power efficient appliances among the people, along with the production of energy efficient appliances.
In his welcome address, Walton Corporation’s Managing Director SM Mahbubul Alam said, Walton has been manufacturing fridges and air conditioners applying power saving inverter technology.
Informing that in Bangladesh labeling of star rating on fridges and ACs is not compulsory, he said, as a result, low quality appliances are being trading in the local electronics market, which are not only consuming huge power but also deteriorating the environment.
In the key note paper, WHIL’s CEO Ashraful Ambia highlighted the Walton’s green cooling technology in manufacturing energy saving appliances to contribute in the ozone layer protection and global warming control.
Emphasizing on the usage of inverter technology’s electronics and electrical appliances, BUET’s Professor Dr. MAA Shawkat Chowdhury said, inverter appliances is not only save huge power but also run longtime comparing to the general products.
UNDP’ representative Arif Foysal said, producing power efficient appliances is not enough to protect Ozone layer from depletion and to control global warming. To this extent, it is also essential to aware the people about the benefits of using energy saving products.
DoE’s Director General Dr. Sultan Ahmed said, Montreal Protocol is very successful around the world as most of the countries signed the protocol and Bangladesh is a role model in implementing the Montreal Protocol.
Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNB) - Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has inaugurated its agent banking outlet in Badarkhali Bazar of Chokoria, Cox’s Bazar recently.
Jafar Alam, Chairman of Chokoria Upazila Parishad inaugurated the outlet as chief guest, said a press release on Monday.
Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director of the Bank addressed the programme as main discussant.
Presided over by Md. Nizamul Haque, Executive Vice President and Head of Chattagram South Zone, the programme was also addressed by Mohammed Shabbir, Senior Vice President and Head of Khatungonj Corporate Branch, Khairul Bashar, Chairman of Badarkhali Union Parishad, Nur-e-Hossain Arif, former Chairman of Badarkhali Union Parishad and Absar uz Zaman, Acting Principal of Badarkhali Degree College. Monjurul Alam, Senior Assistant Vice President and Head of Chiringa Branch delivered welcome speech.
Local businesspersons, professionals and dignitaries were present on the occasion.