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13 cos win Dun and Bradstreet Awards

Winners and guests seen in the Dun and Bradstreet Corporate Awards ceremony.

Winners and guests seen in the Dun and Bradstreet Corporate Awards ceremony.

Country’s thirteen reputed corporate houses received “Dun and Bradstreet Corporate Awards” for the year 2012 Saturday (5 October 2013) in recognition of their outstanding performance and contribution to the economy.

Industries Minister Dilip Barua handed over the awards to the winners as chief guest at a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.

Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Limited, a leading global information and knowledge provider, gave the awards under the sponsorship of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd (IBBL) in seven categories.

The winners are: Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd in listed pharmaceuticals category, Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd in non-listed pharmaceuticals category, Bata Shoes Company (Bangladesh) Ltd in leather (listed), PICARD Bangladesh Ltd in leather (non-listed), National Tea Company Ltd in FMCG (listed), Square Consumer Products Ltd in FMCG (non-listed), BSRM Steels Ltd in steel (listed), Ratanpur Steel Re-Rolling Mills Ltd- RSRM in steel (non-listed), Singer Bangladesh in engineering (listed), BRB Cables Industries Ltd in engineering (non-listed), RAK Ceramics (Bangladesh) Ltd in ceramics (listed), Farr Ceramics Ltd in ceramics (non-listed) and Square Textiles Ltd in textile (listed) categories.

The ceremony was addressed by Rajesh Mirchandani, chief executive officer (CEO) of Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd and Mohammad Abdul Mannan, managing director of IBBL.

Saikat Poddar, company’s regional director in South Asia, made a presentation at the function which was attended, among others, by a number of business dignitaries from the corporate sector.

Dilip Barua said that the institution like Dun & Bradstreet has vital role to play as matchmaker in Bangladesh as the country is moving towards the entrepreneurship and industrial economy.

Appreciating the organiser and congratulating the award winners, he hoped that the awards will contribute to accelerate the way of building the country as a vibrant one.

Mr Abdul Mannan said almost 42 per cent of his bank portfolios are under SME and it involved an amount of around Tk 190 billion against 51000 SME units, creating employment opportunities for nearly 1.0 million people.

IBBL market share accounts for almost 18 per cent of total SME sector of Bangladesh, Mr Mannan said and pledged to continue the bank’s work and cooperation for the SME sector.

Mentioning importance of SME, he further said SMEs including micro-enterprises comprise over 90 per cent of all industrial units and contributed more than 85 per cent of industrial employment in Bangladesh. SME is considered as the engine of growth, he added.


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