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Tofail, BGMEA refute Mozena's zero-tariff claim

Tofail, BGMEA refute Mozena's zero-tariff claim

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday refuted the US ambassador's claim that Bangladesh pays no tariff on the export of apparel products to the American market. “We are not getting any tariff facilities from the US," the minister said. Ahmed's comments came just a day after Dan W Mozena at a meeting at the National Press...

Govt to sit with stakeholders Oct 30 to finalise labour law rules

Govt to sit with stakeholders Oct 30 to finalise labour law rules

The government will sit with stakeholders on October 30 to finalise rules for implementing the amended labour law in the factories, as Bangladesh has already fulfilled majority of the conditions promised in the Sustainability Compact. “We have decided that to hold meeting of all stakeholders on October 30 in the labour and employment ministry to finalise the rules of the labour law, although the European Commission officials urged Bangladesh to finalise the rules by the end of December this year,” Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said at his secretariat office in Dhaka today. He was talking to reporters after returning from Belgian capital Brussels where he attended the first review meeting of...

147 get CIP cards

147 get CIP cards

The government yesterday awarded CIP status to 147 businesspeople in export and trade categories for outstanding performances in their respective fields during fiscal 2011-2012. Of the awardees, 101 received the status for exports of 18 types of products, while 46 will enjoy the status being the ex-officio members of the apex trade body --...

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Govt to consider CIP status for top taxpayers: Tofail

Govt to consider CIP status for top taxpayers: Tofail

The government will consider awarding the status of Commercially Important Person (CIP) to the highest taxpayers, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said today. The minister came up with the assurance in response to a proposal placed by National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Ghulam Hussain on behalf of the taxpayers, who pay their tax regularly. The...

No plan to make formalin testing kit mandatory: Tofail

No plan to make formalin testing kit mandatory: Tofail

The government has no plan for now to make it mandatory for all shops to keep ‘Digital Formaldehyde Meter’ for examining formalin in fruits due to high price of the machine, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed told parliament this evening. Replying to lawmakers’ queries, Tofail said the National Consumers Rights Directorate is supposed to oversee...

Keep essentials' prices stable thru the year

Keep essentials' prices stable thru the year

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today asked deputy commissioners (DCs) to take initiatives to keep prices of daily essentials within the buying capacity of common people throughout the year. Not only in Ramadan, prices of the daily commodities need to be kept stable all over the year, the minister said. The direction came during a discussion...

Ban on exporting 5 vegetables ahead of Ramadan

Ban on exporting 5 vegetables ahead of Ramadan

The government has imposed a ban on exporting brinjal, cucumber, green chili, lemon and coriander leaf ahead of the month of Ramadan, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed announced today. The ban will remain effective till the end of the Ramadan from today, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports quoting the minister. Expressing his hopes about the reasonable...

Fruit traders go on strike

Fruit traders go on strike

Dhaka Metropolitan Fruit Traders Association has called an indefinite strike in the capital, in protest at the government's ongoing drive against chemical-laced fruits. They will keep their fruit shops shut from today until law enforcers stop harassing them by testing fruits for formalin, with what they call is a faulty device, and destroying those,...

Visiting Cambodian PM a bit sick: Official

Visiting Cambodian PM a bit sick: Official

Visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s meetings, scheduled for this morning, have been cancelled as he was feeling unwell. "He’s feeling a bit sickness…but nothing major (serious)," State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told reporters at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed and Shahriar Alam were scheduled to meet the...

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