Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Saturday evening accorded a reception to its members elected Members of Parliament (MPs) in the 11th national election, including new ministers.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, MP, LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam, MP, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the PM Salman Fazlur Rahman, MP, Abdus Salam Murshedi, MP, Jahirul Haque Bhuiyan Mohon, MP, Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury, MP, and Abdul Momin Mondol, MP, from the apparel sector were present at the reception.
“It’s a great honour and pride to accord reception to the ministers and MPs who are also family members of the apparel industry,” BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman said while addressing the function held at BGMEA Complex.
He hoped that the ministers and MPs would continue to make their contributions to the development of the country and the RMG sector, said a press release.
FBCCI President M Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), former BGMEA presidents Anisur Rahman Sinha and Md Atiqul Islam, BGMEA First Vice President Moinuddin Ahmed, Senior Vice President Faruque Hassan, Vice President SM Mannan (Kochi), Vice President (Finance) Mohammed Nasir and Directors of BGMEA were also present.
Beijing, Feb 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- China's smartphone shipments fell 11.4 percent in January to 32.15 million units, data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed Saturday.
Last month, smartphones accounted for 94.4 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, according to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Overall mobile phone shipments dropped 12.8 percent in January to 34.05 million units, among which 95 percent were 4G phones.
Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 94.2 percent of total shipments last month, up from 85.7 percent in January 2018, according to the report.
Munich, Feb 15 (UNB) – The Power Division of Bangladesh and Siemens of Germany on Friday initialed a joint development agreement for the construction of a 3600MW LNG power plant at Payra in Bangladesh.
The document was signed following a meeting of the Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Hotel Sheraton where Hasina is staying.
CEO of North West Power Generation Company of Bangladesh Khorshed Alam and Chief Executive Officer and Global President of Siemens Joe Kaeser signed the document.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Foreign Sectary Md Shahidul Haque said the power plant is the initial part of the Siemens plan to come to Bangladesh in a big way to invest in health, education mobility and other sectors.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Principal Secretary Md Nazibur Rahman, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed were present.
Later, CEO of German company Veridos Hans Wolfgang Kunz met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the hotel.
Wolfgang informed the Prime Minister about the progress of manufacturing technologically-advanced e-passport for Bangladesh saying the company would be able to hand over the first batch of e-passport to Bangladesh authorities by June next.
The Veridos CEO said such e-passport is very much advanced in technological point of view and will be used only in two countries of the world -- Germany and Bangladesh. The passport is almost impossible to be forged.
Wolfgang Kunz expressed interest in data processing and other sectors, the Foreign Secretary said adding that the company has a plan to invest in a greater way in Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister welcomed the Veridos decision to invest in Bangladesh and technology transfer for setting up of a plant for the production of e-passport in Bangladesh.
She hoped that Bangladeshis will be able to operate the e-passport production plant by taking necessary training and produce e-passport for other countries.
New York, Feb 15 (AP/UNB) — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most powerful companies.
"We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York," the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal.
The stunning move was a serious blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had lobbied intensely to land the project, competing against more than 200 other metropolitan areas across the continent that were practically tripping over each other to offer incentives to Amazon in a bidding war the company stoked.
Cuomo lashed out at fellow New York politicians over Amazon's change of heart, saying the project would have helped diversify the city's economy, cement its status as an emerging tech hub and generate money for schools, housing and transit.
"A small group (of) politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community," he said.
But Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York City's new liberal firebrand, exulted over Amazon's pullout.
"Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world," she tweeted, referring to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The swift unraveling of the project reflected growing antipathy toward large technology companies among liberals and populists who accuse big business of holding down wages and wielding too much political clout, analysts said.
"This all of a sudden became a perfect test case for all those arguments," said Joe Parilla, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.
Amazon ultimately decided it did not want to be drawn into that battle.
Amazon announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City section of Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in Arlington, Virginia. Both would get 25,000 jobs. A third site in Nashville, Tennessee, would get 5,000.
The company planned to spend $2.5 billion building the New York office, choosing the area in part because of its large pool of tech talent. The governor and the mayor had argued that the project would spur economic growth that would pay for the $2.8 billion in state and city incentives many times over.
De Blasio said that 48 hours before Amazon's announcement, he spoke with a senior company executive who gave no indication that there was a problem the deal. But Thursday morning, he got a call from an executive just as news started to come out that the deal was dead.
"I was flabbergasted," he told reporters in Boston, where he was taking part in a forum at Harvard's Kennedy School. "I said, 'Why on earth after all the effort we all put in would you simply walk away?'"
In pulling out, Amazon said it isn't looking for a replacement location "at this time." It said it plans to spread the technology jobs that were slated for New York to other offices around the U.S. and Canada, including Chicago, Toronto and Austin, Texas. It will also expand its existing New York offices, which already have about 5,000 employees.
Amazon faced fierce opposition over the tax breaks, with critics complaining that the project was an extravagant giveaway — or worse, a shakedown — and that it wouldn't provide much direct benefit to most New Yorkers.
The list of grievances against the project grew as the months wore on, with critics complaining about Amazon's stance on unions and some Long Island City residents fretting that the company's arrival would drive up rents and other costs.
Opposition to the deal was led in the Democrat-controlled state Senate by Michael Gianaris, the chamber's No. 2 lawmaker, whose district includes Long Island City. Initially among the politicians who supported bringing an Amazon headquarters to the city, Gianaris did an about-face after the deal was announced, criticizing the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the generous incentives.
Earlier this month, Gianaris was appointed to a little-known state panel that could have ultimately been asked to approve the subsidies.
The City Council probably would have had to file a lawsuit to scuttle the deal, which was structured to avoid the land use review process that most projects undergo.
In recent weeks, City Council members held hearings at which they grilled Amazon officials about such things as the company's contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide facial recognition technology.
One City Council leader tried to get Amazon officials to agree to remain neutral in the face of any potential union drive. But an Amazon executive would not give such a commitment.
A Quinnipiac University poll released in December found New York City voters supported having an Amazon headquarters 57 percent to 26 percent. But they were divided over the incentives: 46 percent in favor, 44 percent against.
Construction industry groups and some local business leaders had urged the public and officials to get behind the plan.
Eric Benaim, a realty executive who gets most of his sales and rentals in Long Island City, had led a petition in support of Amazon, drawing 4,000 signatures.
"I woke up this morning and I had no clue this would happen. Zero. This news is a shock, and I'm devastated," he said.
Andrew Ousley, a business owner who lives near the proposed site, said he had been considering moving out before Amazon moved in.
"Now that they're not coming, I'm more likely to stay and see how the neighborhood continues to grow and evolve in a more organic fashion," he said.
Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) - A total of 29 Bangladeshi apparel, fabric and leather manufacturers took part in the four-day Texworld or Apparel Sourcing Paris that ended in Paris on Thursday.
Additional Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh visited the show and appreciated Bangladeshi entrepreneurs. Dilara Begum, Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in France, was also there.
Combined with Apparel Sourcing and Leatherworld, a total of 1,182 exhibitors participated in the February edition of the fair organised by Messe Frankfurt.
The fair recorded over 13,000 trade visitors worldwide. Visitors came from all over Europe with a large number of buyers from UK, France, Turkey, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Bangladesh had a national pavilion at Texworld or Apparel Sourcing with other national pavilions from Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, India and Turkey.
Bangladeshi stands were seen busy with trade enquiries and buyers from the USA, the UK, Turkey, Germany, France and other European and central Asian countries, said a press release.