Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir has been awarded with the commercially important persons (CIPs) status for his contribution to the country’s overall economy through setting up industries, creating employment and increasing national income in 2016.
He earlier got the CIP status for his contribution to the export sector in the country.
This time, he got the CIP card as the entrepreneur director (2016) of Meghna Cement Mills Limited, a concern of the Bashundhara Group.
Md. Azizur Rahman Salim, general manager of Bashundhara Group, on behalf of Mr Sayem Sobhan, received the card from Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu at a programme today (Sept 13).
Fifty-five other businesspersons also got the CIP cards during the programme. The industries ministry earlier finalized the list of a total of 56 CIPs for the year 2016 under five categories.
Mr Sayem Sobhan was declared as Managing Director of Bashundhara group by Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, the honorable Chairman of Bashundhara group, in 2001.
He got India’s most prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards-2017 for his contribution to the mass media, social service, and sports.
Mr Sayem Sobhan, also the Managing Director of East West Media Group Ltd (EWMGL), a concern of Bashundhara Group, is the first Bangladeshi to have received such an iconic award.
He has conferred the US Congressional Recognition in 2011 for his contributions aimed at consolidating business ties between Bangladesh and the United States.
What benefits do CIPs get?
A CIP in Bangladesh can get a number of benefits and facilities for one year once he or she has been given the card.
These facilities include permission to enter the Bangladesh Secretariat, invitations to participate at various national programmes, priority booking for air, railway and waterway tickets for business purposes, as well as assistance from the Foreign Ministry in the issuance of visas through letters of introduction that they send to the embassies concerned.
CIPs also get access to the VVIP lounges at airports, and their family members receive priority when booking cabins at government hospitals for treatment.