A new showroom of Vibrant of US-Bangla Footwear Limited was inaugurated at Mohakhali in the capital on Friday.
Sheikh Tanvir Taposh, head of marketing, S M Benzir Saklayn, retail operations manager of Vibrant and creative director Mirza Muzahid, Md. Kamrul Islam general manager, public relations of US-Bangla Airlines Limited and other officials were present at the programme.
About 900 models of news designed footwear for male, female and children are available at the new outlet.
On the occasion of inauguration of the showroom, the company has offered special 20 percent discount on all products.
Voicing concern over the high rate of growth in GDP failing to meet expectations in terms of job creation, experts at a workshop Thursday said the country's economy may soon have to face the adverse effects of the uneven form of growth it is experiencing.
"The country's employment rate does not increase like GDP growth in Bangladesh. So an inequality in economy is shown here now. It may arrest the country's development in near future considering the existing global economy. So the sooner it is addressed the better," said Prof Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow of leading think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue, while addressing a media camp on the sustainable development goals at the Brac CDM in Savar.
CPD organised the workshop in association with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Citizens Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh – an umbrella network of organizations working on the SDGs, and The Asia Foundation.
CPD hosts the Secretariat for the Citizens Platform.
Dr Mustafiz held up good governance as a key to reducing inequality, and facilitating quality of growth.
“We should emphasise quality for sustainable growth," Dr Mustafiz also said.
Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director of CPD, also focused on the increase in income disparity relative to GDP growth, saying it will significantly affect the sustainable growth of the economy.
"Climate change is a challenge for Bangladesh, because it impacts the country's economy. Population is growing here, on the other hand, many old jobs or positions are being subsumed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Besides, various facilities the country avails at present, will be taken away after LDC graduation. So there are many challenges ahead for the economy," she also said.
She warned that inequality can further increase here if the government does not take proper initiatives now.
Special Correspondent with a focus on economic affairs for vernacular daily Prothom Alo Shawkat Hossain Masum, speaking as mentor at the camp for journalists, said good governance, democracy and strong institutions are very important for sustainable economic growth – and Bangladesh has a long way to go on all three fronts.
CPD Distinguished Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya was present at the two-day event, that was followed by a certificate awarding ceremony for the participants and a cultural event.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Agenda 2030, is a set of targets under characterized goals set out by the United Nations to be achieved by 2030. A total of 193 countries including Bangladesh have accepted this development agenda.
Dhaka North and Sylhet Zones of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) organised business development conference of agent banking in the capital on Thursday.
A workshop on Prevention of Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism was also held after the conference.
Md Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of the Bank addressed the function.
Anwarul Islam, General Manager of Financial Inclusion Department of Bangladesh Bank was present at the programme as the chief guest presided over by Abu Reza Md Yeahia, Deputy Managing Director and CAMLCO of the Bank.
Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director and Mohammad Ali, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank were also present there as special guests.
Md Mahbub Alam, Executive Vice President and Head of Agent Banking Division addressed the welcome speech while Md Siddiqur Rahman, Senior Executive Vice President, Muhammad Sayeed Ullah, GM Mohammad Gias Uddin Quader and Rafiq-ul-Alam, Executive Vice Presidents, Mizanur Rahman, Head of Dhaka North Zone and Sikder Md Shehabuddin, Head of Sylhet Zone were also present there.
RFL Gas Stove, country’s popular gas stove brand, has introduced a campaign titled “Khudha Na Chula Joluk” to help people living at old age home. Through the campaign, the brand will donate Tk 10 for the selling of each gas stove for the welfare of elderly people at old people’s home.
Md. Moniruzzaman, Director of Rangpur Metal Industries Ltd announced the campaign through a press conference held at Badda’s Premier Plaza on Thursday, said a press release.
Addressing the newsmen, Moniruzzaman, said, “RFL manufacturers’ products, which is needed for daily life, in an affordable price for people of all classes and professions. The positive response to RFL products from consumers of all classes help us to go forward. For the reason, we have responsibility towards the society and that is why RFL Gas Stove has introduced the campaign.”
He also said, “People need care and cooperation in their old age. But they live in old age home due to negligence of family members. As a business conglomerate, it is our moral duty to stand beside the lonely people.”
Takbir Rahman, Chief Operating Officer at RFL Gas Stove, said the slogan of RFL Gas Stove is ‘a family member, tied up forever’. Parents are parts and parcel of a family. But, the parents who look after all members even in unfavorable situation are separated from family as children keep them in old age home snatching all ties. We want parents will stay with their children, not at old age home.”
“We have introduced the campaign to put smile on the faces of the people living at old age home. We will give donation to an old age home every month from the amount earned by donating Tk 10 for the selling of each gas stove. The campaign will continue for six months”, he added.
Chowdhury Fazle Akbar, General Manager (Marketing), Md. Jahir Uddin, Finance Controller, Md. Nazmul Haque, Senior Brand Manager and Zeaul Haque, Assistant General Manager (Public Relations), among others, were present on the occasion.
Demands for Walton brand freezers are increasing sharply among customers for the use of optimized level of insulation thickness. The standard insulation thickness in the local brand freezer is resulted in raising the product’s durability, cooling as well as energy saving efficiency.
According to engineers, a freezer’s important factors such as refrigeration or cooling efficiency, energy consumption and durability have been largely depended on its insulation thickness. If the thickness is up to the standard level, customers will get long-term services from that. Also, it takes less time for the refrigerator to cool down, resulting in lower electricity consumption. Moreover, the freezer stays cool for a long time even when there is no electricity, said a press release.
Engineer Tofail Ahmed, operative director of Fridge Design Department of Walton, noted that insulation thickness level of a freezer in the context of Bangladesh should be at least 68 millimeter (mm) that is considered as the most effective level. If the thickness is below that level, the longevity of the freezer will be less as well as power consumption will be high.
Engineer Golam Murshed, chief executive officer of Walton Refrigerator, said that Walton as a Bangladeshi brand is strongly committed to manufacture and deliver energy efficient and highly durable products at reasonable prices.
Thus they are using minimum 68 mm insulation thickness in their produced freezers to ensure longevity and best performance, he said adding that as a result, Walton freezers take less time to cool even when the inside load is high.
Uses of copper condenser as well as higher co-efficiency performance (COP) compressors in Walton freezer are resulted in saving huge electricity and keeping the appliance active even when the voltage is low, Murshed noted.
Tapash Kumar Mazumder, head of Fridge Research and Development Department of Walton, informed that each and every Walton refrigerator and freezer is being released in the market after getting quality certificate from the international standard Nusdat-Universal Testing Lab. Walton brand products have received several standard certifications at national and international level, including BSTI’s ‘Five Star’ energy rating, ISO, OHSAS, EMC, CB, ROHS, SASO, ESMA, ECHA, G-Mark and E-Mark. Recently Walton refrigerator has been honoured with the ‘Best Brand Award-2019’ for the 6th-time. These 'Made in Bangladesh' refrigerators and freezers are being exported to different countries as well.
Shahiduzzaman Rana, additional director of Walton Fridge Department, said that Walton has been manufacturing and supplying 11 models of freezers with various capacities, ranging from 146 to 300 liters, between Tk 19,650 and Tk 30,900.
Now, customers are offered 200 percent cash vouchers or sure cash back on the purchase of Walton refrigerators and freezers under the local brand’s nationwide Digital Campaign Season-5.
Walton has more than 17K outlets across the country, from where the customers can buy about 150 models of frost and non-frost refrigerators, freezers and beverage coolers within the prices of Tk 10,000 to Tk 69,900.
Walton is offering one-year replacement guaranty and also 12 years guaranty on compressors to the fridge customers. There are 73 service points across the country for fastest and best after-sales service.