The commerce ministry has recognised 164 people as commercially important persons (CIPs) for the year 2013 for their contribution to export and economic growth of the country.
The ministry has already published a gazette mentioning their names, addresses and categories.
The commerce ministry awards the CIP status to the top performers for their extraordinary performance on export, while the industries ministry gives CIP cards to the businesses for their contribution to industrialisation and employment.
The CIP cards for 2013 in the industrial sector were handed over in March 2015.
The CIPs have been selected under different categories like ex-officio, large-scale export, their revenue earnings, employment and tax payments, said Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, senior secretary to the commerce ministry. CIP crests will be handed over to the recipients at a programme at Radisson Hotel in Dhaka on February 27, Mamoon said.
The CIPs will enjoy some privileges for one year. They will get permission to enter Bangladesh Secretariat, participate in different national programmes and get priority in booking tickets for air, railway and waterway travels for business purposes.